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DEVOTIONAL: Our Daily Bread (ODB), 28 August 2020 - God Our Rescuer

DEVOTIONAL: Our Daily Bread (ODB), 28 August 2020 - God Our Rescuer

DEVOTIONAL: Our Daily Bread (ODB), 28 August 2020 - God Our Rescuer



Written by Patricia Raybon for ODB


I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered. Ezekiel 34:12


Ezekiel 34:5–12

Psalms 123–125; 1 Corinthians 10:1–18


In the open sea, a rescuer positioned her kayak to assist panicked swimmers competing in a triathlon. “Don’t grab the middle of the boat!” she called to swimmers, knowing such a move would capsize her craft. Instead, she directed weary swimmers to the bow, or front, of the kayak. There they could grab a loop, allowing the safety kayaker to help rescue them.

Whenever life or people threaten to pull us under, as believers in Jesus, we know we have a Rescuer. “For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep . . . . I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered” (Ezekiel 34:11–12).

This was the prophet Ezekiel’s assurance to God’s people when they were in exile. Their leaders had neglected and exploited them, plundering their lives and caring “for themselves rather than for [God’s] flock” (v. 8). As a result, the people “were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them” (v. 6).

But “I will rescue my flock,” declared the Lord (v. 10), and His promise still holds.

What do we need to do? Hold fast to almighty God and His promises. “I myself will search for my sheep and look after them,” He says (v. 11). That’s a saving promise worth holding tightly.


When you feel panicked, what’s your typical reaction? What problem can you release today as you reach instead for God?


Our rescuing God, when life makes me panic, encourage me to turn from the rolling waves and always reach for You.


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