And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 

“…and the child reached out his hand, and Amy pulled him out, just as the roof collapsed.”

This quote could be from any number of stories.

Something inside the human heart is captivated by the last-minute rescue. Perhaps it is the suspense. Perhaps it is provocative to think that, in some circumstances, only minutes separate life from death.

God loves last-minute rescues. He loves coming in and saving His children when all hope is lost. Abraham and Sarah, Abraham and Isaac, Joseph, a slew of smaller narratives in Judges and Kings, and of course in Jesus Christ when we saw Him take His final earthly breath on the Cross – only to rise again three days later.

The trouble is that it is hard to appreciate the last-minute rescue before it happens. It is hard for the damsel tied to the train tracks to be thinking, “This is going to be amazing,” when the train is approaching and her hero is nowhere in sight.

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We can be confident knowing that our hero will show up! Possibly even when all hope is gone. Because we know the Savior, we know that our rescue will be beautiful.

Jesus trusted that His Father’s plan would bring about a miracle, and that His suffering would be all worth it. Through His example, we can rest assured that the rescue God has planned for us – despite how scary it can feel right now – will be all worth it.

Father, please give us a faith in You that allows us to rejoice even when it feels like we are tied to the tracks and the train is heading toward us. Thank you for promising to work all things together for our good and Your glory. Amen.

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“…if it shall come to pass that for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s you shall endure suffering in any shape, shrink not, but rejoice in the honor this conferred upon you, that you are counted worthy to suffer with your Lord; and joy also in this – that your sufferings, your losses, and persecutions shall make you a platform from which the more vigorously and with greater power you shall witness for Christ Jesus.” – Charles Spurgeon

Christmas is fast approaching. You may still have a long to-do list, and it might feel like you’re going to need a last-minute rescue to get everything done.

Would you rest in the peace of the Holy Spirit today?

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