DayBreaks for 03/20/12 – Avoiding Rescue
20 Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. Psalm 25:20
In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue.
Jesus, “the hound of heaven”, pursues us relentlessly. There are many who feel that if Jesus ever caught up with them that he’d restrict them with iron bands and rob their lives of joy and peace. They feel being a disciple of Jesus is like volunteering to go into a prison. They don’t understand that it is the Truth that sets us free. And the Truth’s name is Jesus!
PRAYER: Capture us with Your unfailing love! May we all find that your are chasing us not to imprison, but to set us free! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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