October 12 - SOS - Help!


By Mary J. Yerkes

Today's Scripture: Psalm 82:4

Central Thought: Rescue the weak and the needy.

    I was swimming as hard as I could, but not getting any closer to shore. In fact, I was being pulled further and further out. I was 11 and our family was spending Christmas on the Florida gulf coast with my grandparents. I had swum out farther than my parents had allowed and now I was in trouble.

    Suddenly, from behind, I felt a hand lift my chin out of the water. Then an arm crossed my chest and I was being pulled into shore by strong, even strokes. I wondered who my rescuer was. I imagined a strong, muscular man. When I finally stood and looked, I was amazed to see a young, petite woman. I looked at her and had one thought: someday that could be me. I became a lifeguard for that very reason.

    There are many ways to save a drowning victim—even if you can't swim. You can toss a ring, you can extend a pole, or you can paddle out in a boat. A group of people can form a human chain.

    The fact is, half of the 6.3 billion people in our world will die without Christ. Whatever method is used, rescuers are needed. 'Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).

    Have you experienced God's love? Did someone share that saving faith with you? When I was saved from drowning, I wanted to save someone else. Now that we've been saved from our sins, we should have one thought: let me be a rescuer, too. We are called to rescue the weak and the needy!

Devotional Prayer: Father, thank You for saving me and making me Your child. Help me share my faith with others. I want to be a rescuer of the weak and the needy.

Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28; Psalm 82:1-8; Proverbs 25:8-10