Jeremiah 20:13—Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He RESCUES the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.
My good friend works with a cat rescue organization. Her home is filled with all kinds of cats from kittens to full grown. Although it is very rewarding, it is time consuming and definitely a labor of love. So many times people have dumped these precious animals onto the side of the road. At times, people who have no place to leave the cat after a family member that owned it dies, calls and asks if they would be able to take it in. It often brings such sorrow to my friends heart to see these animals that she has taken in that have been victims of abuse and neglect. Many of them are not yet ready for food and she feeds them from a tiny bottle. The other day she was telling me about a few kittens that were rescued that even though they we in a safe place now, they still did not know how to trust her for their care. As she would try to pick one up, it would hiss loudly and slap its tiny claw at her. Yes, it takes a lot to rescue these precious ones, but I know that it is very fulfilling to her and she would not trade it for anything.
In the same way as I described the kitten that was hissing at the one who was rescuing it from near death, God shows us throughout His Word, that we too sometimes forget that He can be trusted to rescue us from harm and ultimately from sin. Judges 6:8-10—he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I rescued you for the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all of your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
I know my friend gains great comfort to see a cat who was so scared, learn to trust her and know that she will provide for its basic needs. In the same way, we learn from the Bible that many gain great confidence as they too learn to trust in God. In 1 Samuel 17:37 we are told about David standing before King Saul and says: The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
We are told in Colossians 1:13—For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and bought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And in Galatians 1:3—Grace and peace to you from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen