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Verse for Today: Thursday, March 17, 2011
2 Corinthians 1:10 – He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us.

God’s children can always look back at the distance they have walked with the Lord and be encouraged by the various ways by which He has looked after them in the different life experiences they have gone through. There were difficulties of various magnitudes that we have all gone through. But the Lord was our deliverer through those difficult years. When we felt all alone, He was there to give us companionship and fellowship. When we felt lost, He found us and helped us to find our way. When we failed, He came to reassure us. When we encountered danger, He kept us safe in His hands. When we were confronted by the enemy of our souls, He was there to fight for us and to use us as instruments in His hands. When all around us forsook us, He was there to draw us ever closer to Him. When we were tired, He carried us on His shoulders. When we were hungry and thirsty, He fed us with His manna every day. He wiped our tears and gave us contentment in every experience we have gone through. When we were in deadly peril, He rescued us and covered us with His shield, and He was our shield. He saw us through all these difficulties and cheered us up with His joy which has been our strength. We can always count the blessings of the past which He sent our way to reassure us that this God who has kept us so far will lead us further until we reach our eternal home. Today we are challenged by Paul who had such experiences that if we set our hope in such a marvelous Lord, He will take us forward and deliver us from all perils in the future also.

Dear friend, are you going through some intimidating experience today? Is your heart longing for a rescue and a rescuer? Perhaps you feel tired and seem to have been waiting for a long time for a rescue to come your way. But don’t be discouraged at the waiting. Just look back to your life in the past and count all the rescue operations which were performed by the Lord? How many times has the Lord delivered you from trouble in the past? Perhaps you would have experienced many marvelous and miraculous escapes from tough situations. Perhaps there were rescue operations that you are not even aware of, as the Lord and His angelic beings are always encompassing around you and continuously rescuing you from peril in your various circumstances. The Lord’s care and caring for you are innumerable and cannot be numbered. The hand of the Lord in your past is sufficient to reassure you that He will continue to rescue you from perils and keep you safe and secure in His arms. He is committed to your well-being because you are part of His plan and programs. The attacks by the enemy on you are part of his grand strategy to thwart God’s plan for you, but God will defeat every one of the tactics of the enemy and lead you forward to accomplish His plan without fail. You are challenged to put all your hope and trust in this never-failing Lord because what He has started in you will never be forsaken midway. His protection and provisions for you will continue because you are an instrument in the hands of the Lord to accomplish mighty things for Him here on earth. Let the words of hope through Paul work in you to encourage you to keep on trusting in the Lord who will not disappointment.

2 Timothy 4:18 – The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Thought for Today
Every deliverance from trouble for a child of God is a reassurance that they can face all uncertainties in the future with courage and confidence in the Lord.

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