Peter Horrobin

International Director of Ellel Ministries

June 15, 2021
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Jesus asked, Were not all ten men with leprosy cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, “Rise and go, your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:17-19, NIV

I have often pondered on this particular story of what happened when Jesus answered the cry for healing from ten men with leprosy. Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priest and, as they went, they were healed. The extraordinary fact about this story is that only one of the lepers returned to give thanks – and the one who did wasn’t even a Jew – he was a Samaritan, a foreigner.

The main focus of this Gospel story is not the amazing fact that all the lepers were healed, but that nine of them never returned to praise God and express their gratitude to Jesus for what was a totally life-changing experience. We hear nothing more of the other nine. It was clearly a matter of great distress to Jesus that none of them came back to praise God and say thank you.

My meditation on this story caused me to do some soul-searching about how easy it is to take for granted the extraordinary blessings God pours out on our lives day by day. And how easy it is to take them for granted and be remiss in expressing our praise and thanksgiving to God. Many of the great hymn-writers expressed the ideal that every new day is an opportunity to praise and thank God.. For example: “When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised.” And John Keble’s classic hymn, New Every Morning, expresses it so powerfully when in the second verse he says:

“New mercies, each returning day,
Surround Your people as they pray;
New dangers past, new sins forgiven,
New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven.”

And finally, maybe there are people who have impacted your own life in one of many different possible ways. Did you ever express your thanks to them for the help they were to you, some perhaps at considerable cost to themselves? It would be a blessed day indeed if we caught up with our expressions of gratitude – both to God for all He has done – and to others for the help they have given you.

Prayer: “I am sorry, Lord, for the times when, like the nine lepers I have forgotten to give You thanks and praise for all the blessings You have poured into my life. Help me, today, to put things right with You. Help me, also, Lord, to remember those people who have blessed my life and whom I have never returned to them to say thank you and express my gratitude. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

May 30, 2021
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Wounds of Love

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

Proverbs 27:6, NIV

I love the book of Proverbs. The hundreds of God-inspired sayings which are gathered together in this most amazing of books, reflect every arena of life – from birth to death and all the experiences we can have between these two extremes. I love the down to earth practicality, direct honesty, no compromise and wonderful promises which are scattered throughout all thirty-one chapters, together with the many personal challenges which are embedded therein.

The verse I have chosen for today is one of those personal challenges. A challenge that I have had to respond to personally on more than one occasion, when someone I loved and trusted had the courage to speak into my life with words of correction. I have to confess that my first reaction wasn’t always warm and welcoming. The carnal nature wanted to rise up and defend myself – even when I knew in my heart that what I was doing wasn’t defendable and anger would try to exert itself. I felt the wound in my heart and the pain of having to make adjustments. And I wanted to hide away and lick my wounds and try and justify myself!

Repentance doesn’t always come easily – but if it doesn’t come at all we run the danger of being trapped in an ever tightening circle of ungodly behaviour and reactions. Repentance is the doorway to forgiveness and healing.

Sometimes it took a little while for me to realise how much love had gone into the words of correction, even though they had been hard to receive. And how costly it was for the person who had had the courage to show me such love. I learnt that love, sometimes, has to be tough in order to reap its reward. Looking back now, I am so, so, grateful for those times when necessary correction proved to be more loving than ‘fake kisses of encouragement’ which would have ignored the real needs of my life in those times. The wounds became opportunities for healing and restoration.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord for showing me through this Scripture that wounds of correction can be messages of love and healing. Help me, Lord, to always respond with humility whenever You bring correction into my life – either through the words of Scripture, or the loving intervention of a true friend. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

April 30, 2021
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Hurry up, God!

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

Psalm 130:5-6, NIV

I wonder if you’ve ever tried to hurry God up? I have to confess that I have. Many years ago, long before Ellel Ministries was established in 1986, I was daily crying out to God. He had planted the vision for a healing centre in the north-west of England in my heart, but as the years went by I almost became convinced that God had not only forgotten about the vision, but at times it seemed as though He had forgotten me as well.

It was a very lonely place of waiting. And as I got older, I became convinced, as well, that I was getting too old for the work I believed God had called me to do. My natural disposition was to try and make things happen, but God was having to teach me a very deep lesson – that His clocks keep perfect time. Like the psalmist, my whole being was waiting – I was desperate for the dawn to break on the day I was so sure He had told me about.

Those years of waiting, however, proved to be profound years of preparation. God had to do a lot of work in my life to equip me for the work that lay ahead. They were also years of testing as to whether or not I would continue to trust God for the vision, even though it seemed as though God had forgotten. I really understood how Abraham must have felt as the years rolled by, and there was still no sign of Sarah getting pregnant with the child that God had promised them.

But God had given Abraham His word and it was on God’s word that he was depending. And the vision that God gave me for the ministry was a word that He had spoken so clearly into my heart that it had become etched on my spirit and become part of me. I didn’t give up hope. And when the time finally came (the dawn!) it seemed so right. The morning had come and the work began in God’s time, not my own.

There were so many things I learned during those years of waiting that I can look back now with great thanksgiving for the critical lessons I had to learn. God really does know what He’s doing! So next time you are tempted to try and hurry God up, remember that His clocks do keep perfect time and the dawn will come.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You don’t forget Your promises and that each one of us is in the palm of Your hand as we await Your timing for the different events of life to come to fulfilment. Teach me patience and give me a willing heart to learn whatever lessons You want to teach me along the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

April 3, 2021
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When Jesus Speaks Your name!

“Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, Mary said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’”
She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni” (which means ‘Teacher’)

John 20:15-16, NIV

After the crucifixion, the disciples and the close followers of Jesus waited till after the Sabbath and then, early on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb. But they were in for a shock. Jesus had gone! His body was no longer there. Mary was desperate. Where was He? Suddenly there was a stranger standing there. Maybe He could help, and thinking He must have been a gardener, the question burst out of Mary’s lips, “Where have you put Him?”

But this was no stranger! And Jesus didn’t need to answer her question. He simply looked at her and spoke her name, “Mary.” And that was all she needed. The sound of His voice said it all. She no longer needed an answer to the question about His body. When Jesus spoke her name she knew exactly who He was. He was alive!!! Risen from the dead, triumphant over death and hell and alive for evermore.

Mary had gone to the tomb to look for a dead Jesus. But instead of finding a corpse, she became the first person in history to speak to the newly raised from the dead, Son of God! Hearing the voice of Jesus, changed everything. The sound of her name, spoken by the lips of her Master, penetrated the very depths of her spirit in instant recognition. When Jesus speaks your name, your world can never be the same again.

Today there are many people who are looking in all the wrong places for answers to their questions about God. Maybe they are looking with their intellect for a historical figure and for the evidence of religion, but they are not looking with an open heart for the truth. With the intellect you will read the thoughts of men, whose minds are closed to the truth, but with your heart you will discover that, as with Mary, “the gardener” is always standing there, ready to speak your name and call you to Himself.

In Jeremiah 29:13 we have this wonderful promise from the Lord, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” On this glorious day, when we celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour, Jesus, don’t spend the day looking into an empty tomb wondering where Jesus is, but open your heart to Him and listen to the whispering of His voice, calling you by name. When you hear His voice calling you to Himself, it will change your life for ever.

Prayer: Thank You Lord Jesus, for living and dying for me. I rejoice today in Your resurrection life and open my heart afresh to You, my Lord and my God. With everything I am I choose to seek you with an open heart – I’m listening Lord for Your voice, my Shepherd, to guide and direct my steps all my days. In Your Name, I pray, Amen.

March 31, 2021
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Non-Stop Christian Living!

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV

It’s hard to get round the implications of these amazing scriptures – being a Christian is a non-stop experience! The words always, continually, and in all circumstances are very clear in their meaning.

As a believer we always have a reason to be joyful – because whatever the external circumstances, the joy that comes from being in fellowship with our Saviour is an experience that bubbles up from within and enables you to push through whatever external pressures you might be going through.

And ‘pray continually’ needn’t be the impossible challenge some people think it is. For prayer from the heart is simply being there to talk to the Lord and for Him to talk with you, at any time and in any place. He never leaves us, so His ear is always bent towards us to listen to even the whispers of our heart.

And giving thanks in all circumstances can seem like a tough assignment – but take note of what these words actually say – they don’t say give thanks for all circumstances – but in all circumstances. You might be going through a really tough time right now when it seems as though problems and difficulties abound. But isn’t it incredible that whatever is happening, the Lord is with you in it! It’s easy to give thanks for the encouragement of His presence, the wisdom that flows from His heart when you need help, the guidance that He drops into our spirit and the blessing it is to be able to talk with Him anytime, any place!

The Apostle Paul had learnt that the only way to survive and be at peace was never to lose sight of the Lord and to always be in living touch with Him. It’s the key to everything – or, rather He is the key to everything!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You have promised never to leave or forsake us. Thank You that I can talk with You at any time and that the joy which comes from Your presence will never desert us as we keep our eyes fixed on You. Help me, Lord, to live the life of a non-stop Christian believer!. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

March 19, 2021
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The Church’s Rescue Mission

”Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”

Matthew 28:19-20, NIV

Reading hymns as poetry is one of my ‘Go To places’ when in need of encouragement, challenge and personal input for all sorts of reasons. Recently I have been mulling over our calling to heal the hurting and set the captives free and I found myself speaking out words once remembered from one of Fanny Crosby’s huge collection of hymns (including To God be the Glory and many other traditional favourites). She was blind from six weeks old and because of this she had an unusual sensitivity to the Lord and extraordinary spiritual sight and insight. In total she wrote over 8000 hymns!

The hymn that has been going through my mind was always a favourite of the evangelical world, Rescue the Perishing, but was probably never (or very rarely) understood in the context of healing and evangelism. Whilst the urgency of evangelism, as expressed in our Scripture for today, is explicit in the first line and title of the hymn, the words of all the verses have a relevance and importance to us in the ministry of healing – especially the third verse which describes what we have seen God do on so many occasions – ‘feelings lie buried that grace can restore’.

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.

Rescue the perishing,
Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,
Jesus will save.

Though 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.

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.

Rescue the perishing,
Duty demands it;
Strength for thy labour the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way,
Patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Saviour has died.

Verse 3 describes the deep inner feelings of the real person that have been buried and crushed – that’s exactly what God does through the inner healing of a broken heart, awakening the true long-buried feelings of a hurting and broken person.

I was really blessed by realising that 150 years ago (1869) Fanny Crosby was expressing the heart of healing as a primary means of evangelism. Be blessed as you meditate on all the words of this classic hymn, remembering it was written by a lady who had never been able to see in the physical but had been granted an extraordinary capacity to see and understand the deepest of spiritual truths which she then endeavoured to express in hymns.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the remarkable insights of Fanny Crosby who, even though she was physically blind, could see into Your heart and convey to others extraordinary truths and understanding. Help me, Lord, to always be open to rescue those who are perishing because they do not know You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

March 1, 2021
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The Most Encouraging Verse in the Bible!

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”

John 17:20, NIV

Do you like encouragement? I do! Encouragement is the precious spiritual oil which helps us through all the stages of life. Without encouragement children struggle to develop to their full potential. And we all know how much better we feel about ourselves when we have received genuine encouragement. So, read today’s verse several times and let its truth sink deep into your spirit. Jesus prays for YOU! There can be nothing more encouraging this side of Heaven but to know that Jesus Himself is praying to the Father for you.

Jesus was coming towards the end of His life. He knew what lay ahead of Him and He knew also that His disciples would be totally bereft when He had returned to Heaven. So Jesus prayed for them and verses 6 to 19 of John 17 is His amazing prayer for His disciples. But the next section of the chapter begins with the awesome words of our Scripture. He’s saying that He’s not only praying for His disciples, but that He’s also praying for everyone who will believe in Him, because of the message that the disciples will take into the world. And that includes every believer, for the whole of time, till Jesus comes again!

So, when you are going through tough times, remember that Jesus is praying for you. Jesus knows that we are living in a fallen world that is increasingly turning its back on the living God. To be a Christian in today’s world is to go against the spirit of the age and invites opposition and sometimes ridicule. It is no longer acceptable to allow your conduct in public life to be determined by what you believe. This is something Jesus knew all about and shortly after He prayed these prayers the public opposition to who He was would take Him to the cross to die for the sins of the world.

There can be no-one who knows better than Jesus how tough life can be. So, when the Scripture tells us that Jesus prays for us, we can know that those prayers really count for something. Whatever you are facing in life just now, be it tough times of opposition, sickness, temptation, bereavement or whatever, look up to Jesus and thank Him for His prayers and be encouraged and strengthened so that, with His help and by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to press on in life, loving and serving the Lord until he calls you home to glory.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for praying for me. I am so grateful that You care enough about me and my life to intercede for me to the Father. Strengthen me, I pray, to be able to press on with all You have called me to be and to do. Help me to resist temptation and stay on course till the day I meet You face to face. In Your Name, Amen.

February 19, 2021
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Another Fallen ‘Giant’ – News We Don’t Like Hearing

Most people, by now, will have heard how one of the world’s most well-known Christian leaders, Ravi Zacharias, has been exposed as a long-term sexual abuser. He died less than a year ago, but he had so effectively managed to keep this dark side of his life covert that Mike Pence, the Vice-President of the United States, accepted the invitation to speak at his funeral in May 2020.

This is not just a case of a man having fallen into sexual sin once, as David did with Bathsheba, it is a case of a man knowingly practicing deceit, in order to feed his sexual appetites, over most of his adult lifetime. The details are dreadful.

I knew of accusations that were circulating a few years ago and he was given the opportunity then to come clean. But in his pride he not only rejected the offer but labelled the accusations as false and convinced all the members of his staff and teams of his innocence.

Now that everything from hundreds of accusers is out in the open, it is clear that Ravi Zacharias was a practised liar who carefully and wilfully planned and lived out his fantasies over a long period of time, without any consideration of what he was doing to his family, the women who were his victims or, worst of all to the Body of Christ and above all to the Lord.

He was a liar and a cheat who deliberately and knowingly supressed his conscience in order to wilfully steal from others – all under the cover of being one of the world’s leading charismatic teachers and Christian apologists. The fall-out in the Body of Christ is massive.

So how could such a thing happen? Rather than write an extended blog on the subject, I have decided to re-publish below an updated version of an article I wrote over twenty years ago, at the time of another Christian leader’s fall from grace.

Sailing with the Bow Doors Open!

On the 6th March 1987, the Herald of Free Enterprise sankjust outside Zeebrugge harbour. This large roll-on roll-off car ferry had crossed the North Sea many hundreds of times and had already made four crossings on that day between Belgium and the UK.

When disaster struck 193 people lost their lives. The tragedy of this tragedy is that it was totally avoidable. It was not an accident. The ship sailed with the bow doors open.

It had become a regular practice for the ship to set sail before the bow doors were fully closed. On this occasion the crew were unusually late in closing them. As the ship hit the open sea, water flooded the car decks. The ship took a heavy list to one side as vehicles began to move and then the whole ship capsized in just 30 feet of water..

As I watched a TV documentary the disaster God began to speak to me of the dangers of sailing through life with the bow doors open. The crew had set sail like this on many previous occasions without consequence, but on this occasion the unthinkable happened. The Captain of the ship was responsible for setting sail with the bow doors open. The crew were responsible for not closing the doors in time. The victims who died were innocent bystanders of an avoidable drama.

We are all individually responsible for the ship of our lives. If we are sailing with the bow doors open, then nothing untoward may happen for a long time. There is little danger when the waters are smooth. Complacency and pride can make us careless in our conduct. And when the unthinkable happens it’s not only the individual who suffers, but all “the passengers” who were depending on us for their well-being are in danger of becoming victims.

Those passengers include our own families, our colleagues, those who work for us and all who look to us for spiritual input and care at various levels of church life. For a Pastor or leader of a Christian ministry, the passengers include their whole congregation, staff, the wider Body of Christ and the readers of their books. When the disaster occurs to a high-profile Christian leader the ripple effect can become a tsunami.

Many of those I have prayed with, whose lives had experienced some form of shipwreck, had been sailing through life with the bow doors of their lives wide open. For some, disaster struck by way of public exposure of immoral conduct. For others, the torment of inner guilt was the root cause of personal breakdown. For yet others the circumstances of life had turned against them and when everything was laid upon the table, it was painfully evident that ‘bow doors’ which had been left open years ago had never been closed.

The enemy will use anything and everything in our lives which is out of harmony with God’s covenant of blessing. The ten commandments are referred to as God’s covenant in Deut. 4:13 – they represent God’s very best for us. Unresolved sin issues always condense down to wilfully choosing to ignore one or other aspect of God’s laws – His covenant of blessing for His people.

There may be reasons in the past as to why a particular sin has remained out of control – such as abuse or various aspects of parental damage – but sin is still sin and it is far better to face the fact of it, and receive healing for the cause, than to wrestle on one’s own to close a bow door that has been jammed open and which seems immoveable. There are answers.

If the bow doors are not closed there will come a time when disaster will strike. That is why the healing ministry must be a vital and integral part of Church life. It is the unhealed areas of our lives that leave us vulnerable to being overwhelmed with a flood. God wants to heal us before it’s too late. He takes no pleasure in the casualties, pain and trauma of public shipwreck.

The history of Christian ministry is, sadly, punctuated with disasters caused by people sailing through life with bow doors open — and the more senior the person the greater the disaster. The Captain of the Herald of Free Enterprise was complacently doing what he had always done, but when disaster struck the consequences were terrible.

Just as this shipping disaster was totally avoidable, most of the spiritual disasters, which give the enemy so much leverage in the Body of Christ, are also avoidable. All that is required to begin the journey of hope is humility, open-ness and honesty.

Pride may say “I can never own up to this or that thing – it would not be edifying. I could never let anyone know what I’m really like on the inside”. Pride also says “keep sailing even though the bow doors are open”. Humility says, “get the doors closed before there is a disaster.”

A Christian leader I know could no longer cope with the pressures of his calling. He pensioned himself off from service in the Body of Christ. He then heard how God had restored a colleague on one of our schools and discovered that the sexual problems of his youth had left a bow door wide open. For decades he had used all his surplus energy to try and keep the water out, but one can only do this for so long. The enemy was robbing him of his destiny. Today he is healed, restored and back in the front line. The bow door that the enemy had used to overwhelm him is now well and truly closed.

There are many disasters waiting to happen in the Body of Christ – people who are shipping water privately through open bow doors. Those disasters can be avoided. All the problems a person has in this life are not automatically resolved at conversion. When we get to heaven the old man will fall away, but right now we are still wrestling with the consequences of the fall – even after we are born again. Conversion is but the beginning of a journey of discipleship.

The name of the vessel that sank over thirty years ago was Herald of Free Enterprise. God wants each one of us to enter into the fullness of His destiny, but if we choose to live a life of Free Enterprise, independent of the discipline of God’s love and without heeding Paul’s advice to Timothy “Guard your life and doctrine closely” (1 Tim.4:16), then we will only give the enemy opportunity to one day sink the vessel and devastate the lives of hundreds and, as in the Ravi Zacharias case, many thousands who have been so terribly betrayed.

When Paul told the Corinthian Church “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2) – he was speaking to those who already knew the Lord. In the New Testament the word salvation not only embraces entering the Kingdom of God, but the healing and deliverance of those who are already in the Kingdom.

Since 1987 over 3000 people have died in similar roll-on roll-off ferry disasters – because the lessons of earlier disasters were not learnt and applied by the crews of other vessels. Now is the day for getting our lives in order and closing all the bow doors there may be in our lives – testing days are coming when the waters may not be calm. We must take action now to remove the ground from our lives on which the enemy is standing and avoid more disasters in the Body of Christ.

January 31, 2021
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Time is Running Out!

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”

Isaiah 55:6, NIV

There will come a day and a time when Jesus comes again. Nothing is more certain. All the promises about the first coming of Jesus were precisely fulfilled. And there are more promises in Scripture about the second coming than there were about the first. The world is on notice and as every day passes we get closer and closer to the day when Jesus returns as King of Kings.

As we see and hear about the awful events currently unfolding in the world, people are being forced to ask serious questions about the prophecies Jesus made about His own return. Some are searching the Scriptures and looking for answers. No, I am not going to make any predictions as to when, but it will happen.

I will remind you, however, of the significance of our Scripture for today – time is running out! If we do not know the Lord for ourselves, then, as a matter of urgency, stop whatever you are doing, humble yourself before the Lord, the Creator of the Universe, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and come to Him now. And, as John tells us in John 1:12, “As many as receive Jesus, Who believe in His name, have the right to become children of God.”

None of us knows either the day or the hour when Jesus will come again or the day or the hour of the time when we ourselves have to prepare to meet our Maker. The events of the world are a huge wake-up call for the Body of Christ. Don’t delay reaching out to the Lord your Saviour. If you do, salvation will come to your house today!

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for the urgency of today’s Scripture. Thank You for reminding me that it is only in You that there is salvation and forgiveness. I come to You afresh today, confess my sin and my need of a Saviour, and invite You to be Lord of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

January 15, 2021
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“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters . . . He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”

Psalm 18:16-19, NIV

We were on a family holiday at the seaside. I was a venturesome toddler. My father was playing near some rockpools with my older brother, some of which were quite deep. Suddenly a cry went up, “Where’s Peter?” I was nowhere to be seen. It was one of those “Oh, God help!” moments as my parents looked for their missing second son.

Then, it was as if another hand had guided my father to the deepest of the pools. He plunged his hand beneath the murky water and grabbed hold of the toddler beneath the water and pulled me out. He didn’t know I was there, he just plunged his arm down into the water in the place where the Lord told him to go. And, praise God, I’m still here seventy-five years later to tell the story!

I always enjoyed the retelling of the story – for obvious reasons. Dad, with God’s help, saved my life. And in a similar way David enjoyed retelling the stories of how God’s divine hand had directed his life on many occasions. The whole of Psalm 18 is a psalm of thanksgiving for God’s deliverance.

The final phrase of our Scripture for today reminds us of what God thinks about his children – He delights in them. So be encouraged, the Lord delights in YOU. He loves you with an everlasting (never stops!) love – and for those who are in Christ the experience of being loved stretches from time into eternity.

I pray that as you read this, whatever the circumstances you are currently going through, that you will know the love of the Father’s hand directing your steps and stretching down into the even the deepest of waters to rescue you.

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for Your amazing love. Thank You that You came from eternity into time so that we may go from time into eternity. Thank You Father God for Your rescuing hand which stretches down into the darkest of situations. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.