So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and thew his cloak around him.” (1st Kings 19:19)

God demonstrated His sovereignty here, both in the orders that He gave and in the fact that He had preserved many faithful servants in seemingly impossible circumstances. God’s deliverance has evangelistic and missionary implications, as Hezekiah’s prayer reminds us. He delivers from physical dangers to lead us to spiritual trust and commitment to Him. He works in our lives to reveal Himself to all the world’s population.


Precious Abba, to “save us” means to prepare us to accept God’s gifts to and for us. There are those who appear to serve the Lord, but only with their lips and not through their service. There are those who think they can “work their way to heaven,” yet do not understand it is a gift freely given to us by God, and that our response is to praise and commit ourselves to His service. For it is in His name we pray. Amen


We are as full of the Holy Spirit as we desire to be.”


Like birds hovering overhead, the Lord Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it. Return to him you have so greatly revolted against, O Israelites. For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.” (Joshua 6:2)

God rescues His people from their own folly. Human history is the scene of His action. At times He chooses to protect a faithless people, using the joy of salvation as a call to repent and turn from other gods. The Israelites were playing a very dangerous game, they thought that they could seek help from Egypt for horses, instead of relying on God to deliver their needs. Pharaoh was touted as a god on earth, and was worshiped accordingly. The people thought God was unaware of what they were doing, yet He was fully aware, and prepared to make an example of them, for their lack of faith in Him.


If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants. They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.” (Daniel 3:17-18, 28)

The God who rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace can deliver us from anything. These three are examples of the kind of faith God wants persons to have in Him. Faith has such trust in God’s love and power that believers hold to God no matter what happens, no matter who seeks to change their minds, or whatever threats they face. Does this describe you?


And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21)

Joel 2:21 (And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.) was fulfilled in the coming of Christ and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Christ’s coming let salvation break out of national, geographical, racial, genders, and political barriers to become available to all people.


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