2018-09-12 / Faith


Lessons from the Heart
By Pastor Mark Miller

Miller Miller Five weeks ago, my wife decided we needed to head to the animal rescue center in Indianapolis. The goal? Find a dog that needed a home. This was the first time we had ever gone into a humane center in search of a pet. The shelter had over 200 pets looking for couches to sleep on. After looking at four dogs we found a white German Shepherd that had been abused, was missing hair and extremely timid around us. Her name is Roxy.

The first week in her new home she was unsure about everything. When she went for a walk she kept her ears pulled back and obviously questioned everything she saw. Cars scared her, rabbits intrigued her and people frightened her. She even shied away from cats! So what does this story have to do with us?

I cannot speak for the rest of the world, but I am glad I serve a God bent on rescuing us! The book of Psalms shows us how intent God is on rescuing His people. The psalmist praises God for rescuing him from evil people, wild animals, himself, from the ungodly in his nation, and from evil people in other nations. Just reading through the Psalms reminds me that my condition is millions of times worst then Roxy’s. The psalmist also prays that God will rescue those around him that needed rescue. The poor, the weak, the needy and the sick need Gods healing hand.

The apostle Paul carries the idea of needing to be rescued further. In Romans 7 he describes me perfectly. “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”

This is the question everyone asks. From the time of Job in the Old Testament to Paul in the New Testament to today’s people living in a broken world, “Who will rescue us?” Paul answers in the next verse! “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Not only does Christ rescue us from ourselves, but in Galatians we are told He rescues us from the evil around us. Finally, in 2 Timothy we receive this amazing promise, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

So the next time you see a humane society commercial designed to tug at your heart, remember there is a God pulling harder on those heart strings wanting to rescue souls for eternity to His praise and glory.

Mark Miller is the pastor at the Burlington United Methodist Church.

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