Rescue the Perishing – July 25, 2013 (By Fanny J. Crosby)

I want to make a personal appeal to all who read this devotional today.  Don’t overlook the people you will pass today that Jesus would have stopped dead in His tracks to help!  We have become so busy in “doing” things for God that we have often totally missed the ones Jesus came to reach.  Our Bible is full of stories of compassion and care for the unlovely.

Look at the verse God placed in the center of instructions for Israel to live right before Him.  Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God:  I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:14).  If you notice in this verse, there are two things that go hand-in-hand.  If you curse, or ignore, or look down upon the deaf and blind, you do not fear the Lord.  If you fear the Lord, you will do all you can to help those who have problems that you do not have.

I know I have sensitivity to the group named here … the Deaf.  I cannot go through a day without thinking about how to reach them with the precious Word of God.  I cannot get them out of my mind when I hear people talk about different people groups around our world who have never heard the Gospel in their language.  I think about these precious people who are also all around the world, who have never “seen” the Gospel in their language one time!  I love them.  I have given my life to try to help to reach as many of them as possible.  Why?  Is it because I am a compassionate person?  No! It is because God has a heart to reach these folks too.

This is not a devotional about reaching the deaf or blind.  It is about reaching those who others may pass by without noticing.  Keep your eyes open today for those Jesus would have seen!

Verse 1: Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Verse 2: Tho they are slighting Him, still He is waiting, waiting the penitent child to receive; plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently, He will forgive if they only believe.

Verse 3: Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness, chords that are broken will vibrate once more.

Verse 4: Rescue the perishing, duty demands it – strength for thy labor the Lord will provide; back to the narrow way patiently win them, tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

Chorus: Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

Look for those today that God has placed in your path to influence for righteousness.  Your life is important … you have a purpose … follow God!

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