For Sunday July 3, 2022:
ESCAPING THE FIRE
Revelation 3:10 (NKJV)
Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you
from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world,
to test those who dwell on the earth.
An offshore oil platform in the North Sea caught fire, and as flames swept over the rig, workers thought they were doomed. Just in the nick of time, however, a fleet of Scottish helicopters appeared, and all the workers were rescued.
We usually thank God for the blessings He gives, but we should also praise Him for the escapes He provides.
Take, for example, the period of Great Tribulation. If, as many believe, the church of the Lord Jesus will be taken out of the world before the time of God’s wrath, why should we study chapters (such as Revelation 6–18) that describe Tribulation events?
They show us how thankful we should be for what we’re missing!
Today thank the Lord for His oversight, His protection, and even for the blessings of unanswered prayer. As Christians, we should be thankful for what God has given us by His grace, and also for what He withholds in His mercy.
You ought to be thankful to God that He has not yet recompensed you — that He has
not dealt with you after your sins, nor rewarded you according to your iniquities. . . .
“Behold, I make all things new,” says Jesus, and then He makes His people into sons.
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON