Time For God: May 31

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: 2 Timothy 4:18
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
God deliverance comes in many forms to suit each new danger. Take weaverbirds for instance. Native to Kenya, this small yellow and greenish-brown bird—the size of a sparrow—is in constant motion. Arguably, it is the busiest bird in East Africa.

A male weaverbird flies back and forth incessantly collecting strands of grass. He delivers them to his chosen site to build a nest. Pulling at the base of a long, broad grass strand he flies suddenly upwards to break the strand and pull it free. Securing one end to a strong tree twig with his foot, his beak ties and knots the grass to the twig, repeating the action to secure its other end. Nests are built to hang from it. Knots are difficult. Each repeated challenge needs patience to finish a nest in a day.

From the first anchor a ring is woven as the entrance to the nest. It must be big enough to allow entry to the weaverbirds and small enough to prohibit access by predators. After the nest is completed it must be inspected. If the female bird finds the nest substandard she rips it from its anchor twig and throws it to the ground. As if that is not enough, the male bird will make multiple nests even though the female will lay her eggs in only one. Why so many? They are decoys to baffle their enemies.  

In the Six Day War of June 1967, Egyptian allies outnumbered Israeli troops 2.4 to 1. With only 250-300 combat aircraft, Israel launched a surprise air attack on Egypt’s 957-strong fighter plane fleet sitting on runways awaiting instructions. In a single Israeli strafing attack, Egypt’s fleet was baffled and destroyed hastening the end of war. Some analysts see this as God’s action on behalf of His imperfect people.

In death, Paul is certain that God is his deliverance from every evil work and [will] preserve [him] for His heavenly kingdom. He trusts God’s mighty acts to prevail on his behalf. Paul sings his doxology of praise: To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

When you have faced impossible odds, how have you seen God work on your behalf? How does God rescue you when all seems lost? What helps you to choose to put your trust in God? As you wait patiently for Him to act, what encourages your heart?
Father of Lights, hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. The Lord will hear when I call to Him. I offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put my trust in the Lord. You have put gladness in my heart. I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. For the strong Name of Jesus will accomplish this on my behalf, and for all who place their trust in Him. Amen. [Psalm 4 adapted]
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