Today, I feel in need of rescue.
Too often I’m busy at rescue attempts concerning others, but they are failed missions. Yet in the midst of these, I’m reminded God doesn’t promise to help me rescue others, but He does promise to rescue me.
So today I ask God to please rescue me from hopelessness and negative thinking concerning loved ones who are bent on following paths that lead to destruction. I request rescue from worry and trying to blame myself for their wrong choices. Rescue from feeling so hurt and bitter by the mean things people say and do to me because they are hurting. Rescue from trying to find comfort in the things of this world instead of in His loving arms. Rescue from the lies that continue to whisper that I’m not good enough and I’ll never measure up as a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, Christian.
Today I found this verse in the Word when I looked up the word “rescue.”
“Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless” (1 Samuel 12:21 NIV.)
I realize that what I turn to often in times of trouble are idols—like TV and food. Even though I wrote about these as strongholds, I suppose they can be both.
I remember years ago I came up with an acronym or rather God gave it to me: Idols = I Desire Other Love Sources.
It’s true that I turn to other things and to people when I sense that God doesn’t love me and/or refuses to rescue me.
What I’m also realizing is I want to be rescued from difficult circumstances, and God mostly wants to rescue me from my enemies—many of which are not people but my own issues, such as fear, hopelessness, a sense of unworthiness, and the feeling that God doesn’t love me. These issues originate with the one true enemy of my soul, Satan.
Another verse came to mind: “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:3
I see that there is an action required from me if I am to be rescued from my enemies—calling on God. This verse says “saved” rather than “rescued” from my enemies.
Here is the definition of “rescue” that I found in the dictionary: “to save (someone) from a dangerous or distressing situation.”
So saving and rescuing are related.
Here are some synonyms for rescue: save, preserve, recover, redeem, recapture, salvage, reclaim, retain, keep back, safeguard, protect, retrieve, withdraw, take to safety, come to the aid of, relieve, bail out.
When I think that God wants to rescue me and read all of those words for rescue, I feel overwhelmed.
As I looked at the synonyms for rescue, I read “come to the aid of,” which means “help.” So the words “rescue” and “help” are also related.
There are verses in Scripture which remind me God desires to help (rescue) me such as Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help (rescuer) in trouble.”
So to find out more about God’s desire to rescue me and to gain hints on how I can cooperate with His rescue mission (of me), I can look up not only the verses which contain the word, “rescue” but also the words “enemies,” “save,” and “help” to read about how God can and will rescue me as I call out to Him.
I confess too often I don’t call out to God. Instead I call on friends or I call on or turn to the TV or food to be my rescuer.
So verses with enemies, save, and help all point to God as my rescuer. Here are more verses which contain those words, where I can connect it to the word “rescue.”
but you give us victory over (rescue us from) our enemies,…Psalm 44:7
With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down (rescue us from) our enemies. Psalm 60:12. Psalm 108:13 repeats this.
If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue (rescue them from) their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! Psalm 81:13-14
I rewrote these verses with my name inserted. The requirements for me to be rescued from my enemies are listening to God and following His ways.
If Elaine would only listen to me, If Elaine would only follow my ways. How quickly I would subdue (rescue her from) her enemies and turn my hand against her foes!
Now I’m looking up the word “save,” which is a synonym for rescue.
You save (rescue) the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. 2 Samuel 22:28
My shield is God Most High, who saves (rescues) the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10
Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save (rescue) by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Psalm 17:7
A horse (and all that I depend on besides God) is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save (rescue.) Psalm 33:17
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved (rescued) him out of all (All? Really” All? Wow!) his troubles. Psalm 34:6
The requirements that I read in the above verses are for me to be humble, to be upright in heart, to take refuge in Him, to call on Him, and to stop depending on things in this world for rescue.
Here are several more verses with the word, “help.”
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps (rescues) me. Psalm 28:7
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help (rescue)… Psalm 56:9
The Lord is with me; he is my helper (rescuer)… Psalm 118:7
The requirements of me I read in these verses is trusting in Him and calling on Him for rescue.
After reading all these verses which point to the truth that God truly wants to rescue me (and my loved ones as well) I see the issue I struggle with. It’s not believing in God’s desire—His passion for rescue, and looking for other means of rescue, which I determine are not as bad as other people’s, i.e., drugs, alcohol, gambling, affairs. I now see that me and my loved ones are struggling with similar issues.
For both myself and them, I want grace to believe in and receive God’s rescue.
Thank You, Lord, for rescuing me the day I was saved and for continuing to rescue me from being overwhelmed by the hurts and heartaches of this world and the threat of becoming immobile and useless because of them. Help me to trust You as I continue to humble myself before You, call on You instead of on idols to rescue me, and seek You as my one and only refuge. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
“Rescue” by Lauren Daigle
The story behind the song, “Rescue.”
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