The Deliverance of David

1 Samuel 17:33-37 (37)

Verse 37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

God takes the side of the underdog in the Old Testament, whips out a miracle and wins the day for His people.  What about today?  Does God still perform miracles?  Some of the people in Israel today think so.

On March 12, 2017 Israeli soldiers clashed with ISIS terrorists along the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights. The ISIS gunmen attacked a group of Israeli soldiers operating in the buffer zone between Israel and Syria.  Then God stepped in.  Israel soldiers reported that strangely a cloud in the shape of a huge pillar settled down at the border bringing the visibility to zero.  The terrorists could not see to enter Israel and so the threat of attack was forestalled for a time.

Stories of God’s miraculous intervention abound regarding Israel.  Many of the Israeli’s who do not practice the faith of their heritage recognize the hand of God working in their behalf.  Sarah Rigler who’s written about the Six Day War said, “It was like this is a miracle.  Moshe Dayan, was the commander of the Israeli forces and was a very secular person. He went to visit the Western Wall the day after it was liberated and there’s a tradition to put notes to God in the wall. So he put a little note to God in the crevices in the wall. And of course as soon as he left, the newspaper men in their typical discreet way ran and took the note out and read it. And what did it say? It was a line from Psalms that said; ‘This is from God. It’s wondrous in our eyes.”

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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The Deliverance of Lot

Genesis 19:12-16 (16)

Verse 16 – 16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

Lot probably was influenced by his family to remain in the circumstances of his foolish choices.  In spite of the fact, that he should not have chosen to live in close proximity to sin, endangering his and his family’s eternal destiny, he remained true to God.  His salvation from the tragedy which befell the cities is attributed to the mercy of God, not to his own merit.  He was saved from his circumstance by grace.  God saw one righteous man in the city and performed a miracle through His angels to assure that His man escaped.

A lot of wonderful things happened in the Old Testament.  What about now?  Does God still perform miracles?  John Paton thought so.

John Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station.  They planned to burn the Paton’s home.  John Paton and his wife prayed during throughout the night asking God to deliver them. In the morning they realized that it had become unusually quiet.  Their attackers had left.  Later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ. John Paton asked the chief why he had not down the house and killing them. The chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords surrounding the mission.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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