‘He’s our rescuer’ (Rescuer (Good News) – Rend Collective)
When I was a child, I used to love going to the beach for days out. I hated being on the sand, and I couldn’t swim even if my life depended upon it, but it always seemed beautiful and peaceful to me, even with all the noise around me.
Nothing has changed, I still love to visit the sea-side, the lapping of the waves, the colours and how the light hits the water; it is one of my most favourite places.
Have you ever just sat still in a place where you most desire to be, and then done absolutely nothing? We are told to be still by God; I have often bee still in a calm place, but I also have to be careful not to fall asleep.
‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
Most people have a preferred place they like to visit, and mine is wherever there is water; the sea-side, a river, or a water-fall, and they all captivate me, and then make me want to run to the loo.
Water is such a wonderful thing. We can splash in a bath, we can swim in a swimming pool or river etc. we can spray people with it, but it is also a very powerful thing.
We now have tools for cutting that don’t use metal blades or lasers, but they use ultra high-powered water jets. If you think pumping up a car tyre to 35 PSI is a lot, then think again; these machines use pressures in excess of 30,000 PSI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_jet_cutter – accessed 21/06/19).
Water has both beauty and power, and the only one that can truly control it is God!
‘And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place” ‘ (Genesis 1:9 ESV).
We know that God made the universe and everything in it, he even spoke to Job at one point about creation;
‘Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb… … when I said, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt” ’ (Job 30:8 & 11 NIV).
‘I [God] made the sand and a boundary for the sea’ (Jeremiah 5:22 NIV – emphasis mine).
Water can also not be very nice to experience, like getting caught out on a sunny day when you have gone out without a coat and then the rain comes incessantly, like it will never stop, and we think “Is this how Noah felt?”
Rain though, is only part of it; storm like a tsunami / tidal wave, or sometimes they are called seismic sea waves, can be devastating. The raw power of the water can be overwhelming, engulfing everything in its path, and leaving behind utter chaos; people without electric, without proper sanitation, and even without homes.
Storms can be horrible!
We also suffer storms in our lives. Storms that threaten to overwhelm us, and take our focus away from where it should be, on Jesus.
Money problems can come without notice, the company you work for suddenly goes bankrupt, and all of a sudden the storm hits.
Family issues, where you argue with another family member, it gets heated, and one of you says something they really should not, and all of a sudden the storm hits.
You have an accident, and the doctor prescribes pain killers, your body gets used to them, and so you ask for something stronger, then stronger, and then you start taking drugs that are not prescribed, and all of a sudden the storm hits.
Unfortunately, storms happen in our lives, but it is what we do and where we turn that will make a difference.
When life falls apart, where should we go?
‘It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans’ (Psalm 118:8 NIV).
It truly is.
I was not part of the church when a storm hit in my life, and yet the first place I went, was a place I had not visited for nearly 10 years, yet a place that I knew would be welcoming at that time of my life, a church; a place where I knew I could find peace, and be rescued from my storm, and ultimately, I knew that God would be there waiting for me. I know that Jesus never left me; it was I that left him, the Bible told me that;
‘I will never leave you’ (Hebrews 13:5 ESV).
God had said the same words to Moses, that he would never be alone, when he was leading the Israelite nation;
‘My Presence will go with you’ (Exodus 33:14 NIV).
When our storms hit, we may feel totally unprepared to deal with them, but all we have to do is call out to God, and he will rescue us.
‘To you LORD I call’ (Psalm 28:1 NIV).
And if we turn to God, and trust him, then he will help us;
‘The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way’ (Psalm 37:23 ESV).
Life is full of ups and downs, and no-one ever said it would be easy, in fact Jesus said exactly the opposite;
‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily’ (Luke 9:23 NIV).
So life is not always going to be roses, rainbows and fluffy teddy bears; life is hard, (Luke 9:23 & Matthew 10:38) we are living in a world that is broken, (Genesis 3) but the hope we have is eternal, (Psalm 39:7). Jesus is mighty and will save us and sing over us in love, (Zephaniah 3:17) and he will come back (1 Thessalonians 4:16) we just do not know when, so we have to be vigilant (Matthew 24:42) and in the words of the J Bass Ministries, ‘I know that Jesus will fix it’ (Jesus Will Fix It – http://www.jbassministries.com/j_bass_songbook_lyrics/jesus_will_fix_it_lyrics_-_j_bass_songbook_volume_1 – accessed 21/06/19). All we do know, is that he has promised to return soon (Revelation 22:12).
Storms come and storms go.
We need to learn to anchor ourselves to something rock-like, so that when they do hit, our lives will be in tune with the creator of the universe and we will not be traumatised.
‘Truly my soul finds rest in God… … Yes my soul, find rest in God… Truly he is my rock and my salvation… I will not be shaken’ (Psalm 62:1, 5 & 6 NIV).
Whatever storm comes our way, whenever that storm hits us, however that storm affects us, our lives, and the lives of those dear to us, we should remember the Rend Collective, and what they say about God;
‘He’s our rescuer… we will praise the Lord our rescuer’ (Rescuer (Good News) – September 2018).
He’s our rescuer
He’s our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the lord, our rescuer
There is good news for the captive
Good news for the shamed
There is good news for the one who walked away
There is good news for the doubter
The one religion failed
For the good lord has come to seek and save
He is beauty for the blind man
Riches for the poor
He is friendship for the one the world ignores
He is pasture for the weary
Rest for those who strive
For the good lord is the way, the truth, the life
Yes, the good lord is the way, the truth and life (hey)
So come and be chainless
Come and be fearless
Come to the foot of Calvary
For there is redemption
For every affliction
Here at the foot of Calvary
Rescuer (Good News)
C. Llewellyn / B. Hastings / B. Fowler / G. Gilkeson / Rend Collective Holding Account
Father we thank you that whenever we need you, you are always ready for us. Lord we loo to you, maybe not as often as we should or could, but we look to you for strength to deal with whatever life throws at us. Lord help us to spend time with you, in your word, and talking to you in prayer, that when storm do hit our lives, we are in tune with you and are not shaken. God you are our rock, not just in times of trouble, but always. Help us to cling to you.