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"From The Frying Pan Into The Fire"

August 19, 2007

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

There is an old expression that says people sometimes jump from the frying pan into the fire. That was certainly the case for a man in Phoenix, Arizona who ended up in the hospital. His story began when he tried to rob a restaurant. When the police chased him, his car was wrecked as he drove into a bridge. He decided that he could improve his chances for escape by jumping into the river. He vaulted the rail and dove in headfirst. Unfortunately for him, the river was dry and he ended up in the hospital.

Even though none of us have held up a restaurant, we certainly can understand this man's plight. All of us find ourselves going from frying pan to fire. It is precisely at those moments, when things seem to go from bad to worse that we need to turn to our Lord and trust Him. Whether we are in the frying pan or the fire, He is with us, wishing to help us and pull us to safety. That's the message of the Bible, and it's the work that God has entrusted to His people. It is our duty to reach out to folks in fire and frying pan and let them know God cares. Won't you do that today with the people you meet?

From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I know that no matter how bad things seem, I can turn to You and put my trust in You. Help me to share this with the people in my life, whether they are in the frying pan or the fire. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 73, 85    1 Corinthians 11:17-34

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