Pastor Clay Faulk-The Rescue Squad
A few months ago I was stuck in traffic because a car wreck had occurred. I sat and waited until the police, ambulances, and tow trucks arrived and helped the people.
It struck me that God has done the same thing for each of us.
If we go back to the beginning we see where we went wrong. Looking at the Genesis text, we see that Adam and Eve were, like many drivers, perking along fine down the road with God. They ate, drank, and conversed with God daily. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Genesis 3:8-9 “When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God. God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
Where are you? That is the question of all time. What has happened to the wonderful existence that God brought forth at the Garden of Eden. It was a place where we could hear God walking, see God, and converse with God. Eden was lost.
Fortunately, God knew, even before we left Eden, that all of history would be a rescue mission. Like the assistance rendered to the wrecked vehicles, God would be there to rescue us from sin and death. Even though we were at fault, God chose not to abandon us, but from the beginning, God chose to do whatever it took to bring us home to His safe arms.
When Moses needs to get across the Red Sea, God chooses to act. God gives Moses the ability to divide the water and allows the Israelites to cross. When Elijah confronts to prophets of Baal, God reigns down fire to set water soaked wood ablaze.
God’s rescue plan is fulfilled as Jesus (God in the flesh) is born into the broken world and lives among us, dies on the Cross and is resurrected from the dead. Death is defeated and we are saved! Exodus 15:3 is right… God is indeed a warrior who saves His people. And God has done all this why? Not because of our goodness or our worthiness, but simply for His good pleasure. I am just delighted that each of us can claim that title… a rescued child of God.