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A Word with You - Dec. 19, 2008

  • 2008 Dec 19


Flash Gordon Rescues

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OK, I was a Flash Gordon freak when I was a kid. In case you've led a deprived life or you're too young to have this exciting heritage, Flash was that intergalactic hero made famous in a serialized movie made in the 1930's, long before anyone ever heard of Luke Skywalker or Captain Kirk. No, I wasn't around when it first came out, but those episodes have been showing ever since. Every episode was a cliffhanger. They always left you hanging with Flash in a terrible jam, about to be destroyed by some space monster or death ray. You were sure there was no way out of this one. But there always was. Somehow, no matter how bleak it looked, Flash always came through somehow.

Always a way out when there is no way out - that's the way it can be for you, too, in the episodes of your life. If, that is, you're working for the right Director. The great missionary Paul was sort of a spiritual Flash Gordon, except all his close calls were real! Well, our word for today from the Word of God comes from 2 Timothy 3:11. It refers in this passage to some life-or-death experiences Paul had. He calls them, "what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them."

You could say that, and so could I. It's not that it hasn't been very close sometimes. Just look at some past episodes. The time the money ran out, your friends and family ran out, your strength ran out. Or the times you've been so lonely you couldn't stand it, so frustrated because every door slammed shut. Times when things or people you had depended on were suddenly gone; when you felt hopelessly overwhelmed by an overload of responsibilities. Yes, you've been to the edge of desperation, "yet the Lord rescued me from all of them."

And maybe now you're in a perilous place again or a painful place. This time it looks like there is no way out, there's no time left to turn it around, no place an answer could come from. But then, it looked like that before at the end of other episodes, didn't it, and you're still here. Those mountains that once looked insurmountable are now just monuments to what God can move. Those problems that seemed unsolvable are now part of your testimony of the faithfulness of God. If you forget yesterday's Red Sea, you won't have faith to face today's giants.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God made a promise to you that "He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted (the word also means tested), He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." God will never let you face more than you can handle with His strength. In fact, He will pour out for you on a daily basis, the strength needed. The promise of Deuteronomy 33:25 is this: "Your strength will equal your days." And Paul found, really at the end of his rope, that "My grace" God said, "is sufficient for you." In the original Greek translation, "Enough for you, my grace."

Remember, Jesus is your Savior, and Savior means Rescuer. He's already accomplished the toughest rescue of all. He rescued you from the clutches of sin and hell. Surely, after that, He can save you from this comparatively small crisis. He will change the situation or He will enlarge you to deal with it, but He will always rescue you! He always has.

My hero, Flash Gordon, got in big trouble, and so do you and I. But he always got rescued and so will you. The same God who brought you through so many episodes in the past, is still writing the script with some very close calls and some pretty amazing rescues!

Copyright © 2008 Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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