Posted by: bshelley | September 2, 2008

Rescue Terms

Today’s Verse: 2 Peter 2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, NASB

There is one of those “Pearly Gate” stories about a person who was stranded on a house roof top in a perilous flood. They prayed, “God rescue me.” A few minutes later some men came by in a boat and offered to take the person to safety. The stranded person refused and chose to “wait on God”. A while later a helicopter hovered overhead and offered to lower down the tether which they could pull them up to safety. Again, the person refused, choosing to wait on God. Frankly, I forget what the third thing was, but ultimately they drowned and showed up at the Pearly Gates. Incensed, they registered their complaint as to why God had not answered their prayer. In fact, God had acted immediately and decisively. Three times. Yet the rescue did not meet their expectations for how they thought things should have been handled. Are we ever guilty of that one? Do we pray and ask God for rescue and define “our” solution to the matter so narrowly that we miss His answer in His good will? First, God is not going to answer any prayer in a way that does not help us to become more Christ-like. Have you ever thought about that one? He is all about priorities. Priority number one is that we come through Christ into a saving relationship, restored to fellowship with Him (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Secondly, once saved, His desire is that we grow ever more in Christ Jesus’ likeness as we mature as Christians Ephesians 5:1-2). If that is His will, then we know how to pray and what kinds of answers to expect. Like Jesus, we are to pray, “yet not My will but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). It is exciting to know that we can end our prayers by thanking God for His answers in advance because we have the assurance of His word that He does answer our prayers. For our part, we might do better to appreciate His answers as He chooses to bless us rather than complain about the absence of a “pony”.

Thank You Lord for Your answers to my prayers. May I always be watchful for how you choose to answer in Your best will for my life as I attempt to grow in His likeness. Amen.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-2-peter-2_9

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