“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” Matthew 14:31a
Life in Africa was slow. Nothing ever happened fast. No one moved rapidly. No one ever finished a job ahead of schedule. Everyone took his time. Even though people helped each other out of trouble and in times of distress they never rushed to do it. Most of the time, they called a meeting, sat down and discussed what to do about someone in danger.
Thank God He delivers us immediately.
One frustrating time, I was overworked and suggested to the supervisor it was time to get an assistant. I had previously agreed to employ a local resident for the position when the health program was large enough. Instead of getting someone like I’d asked, they called a meeting every week for three months. In the meantime I treated several hundred patients a day from early in the morning to long into the night, and I stayed exhausted until the people finally sent help.
Folks may be slow to get things done and never reach hasty decisions, but Jesus is not. He answers when we call immediately. Jesus does not stand by and watch us sink in our pit of despair or drown in our sea of sorrow.
The exact moment that Peter, going down into the water, called out to Jesus, “Lord, save me,” IMMEDIATELY Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
Jesus did not die on the cross to save us then and later forsake us. He delivered us so we could have a Savior always, day by day, every minute. He saved us so we could have a helper all the time.
When does Jesus rescue us from danger? Immediately. When we call to Jesus He immediately saves us. He delivers us and sets us free because He loves us. He died for us and wants to be our Heavnely Father.
Ask Him to help. He will answer right away.
Thank you that when we call, Lord, you answer immediately.