Pastor Steven Gill of Turon Community Church shares a story of prayer, faith and rescue.
John Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night for God to deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see their attackers leave.
A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ. Remembering what had happened, Paton asked the chief what had kept him from burning down the house and killing them. The chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men with you there?” Paton knew there were no men present with them—but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords circling the mission station. What an amazing story of the deliverance and protection by God. This same God who protected the Paton’s is the God we serve.
Psalm 91 1Whoever dwells in the shelter(King James version says secret Place) of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. If we could paint a picture of this, what do you see? 2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.” 3Surely he will save you from the fowler’s(a person who traps birds) snare and from the deadly pestilence 4He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge;
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His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Who is this God we serve? Not only is God protecting us He grants us the right to see justice delivered. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
Here’s the kicker….9If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.14“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15He will call on me, and I will answer him;I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.16With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Who is this God we serve? Is there anything He can’t do? So why do things happen to us? Because God allows them too. He doesn’t cause them but He allows them to happen. And for what reason do they happen? Only God holds the answer to that question. What is the reason the Paton’s are still alive? God.
Folks if you can’t get the picture of the Almighty God we serve thru this Psalm, I don’t know what to tell you. But I claim the promises of God in these verses. I live in faith that God has got me no matter what may befall in this world and the next to come. Want someone to rescue you? Superman, Spiderman, Batman, The Avengers. I use to think that way; now I call upon the one who shelters me in the secret place of the Most High, in the shelter of His wings. Do you?