(The LORD said) "When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation." Psalm 91:15-16
When a tornado levels a community, some people call it "an act of God."
Me, I say that is an act of a tornado. When I think of an act of God, I'm likely to think of a family who lives in Toronto.
Recently, something, which had been placed beside a baseboard heater, started to smolder, smoke and eventually burst into flame.
That's when the family, a family composed of a baby, mother, father, grandmother and dog woke up. Trapped in their bedrooms, they called 911 and reported their house was on fire.
But, they didn't have to bother the firemen.
By the time the fire department arrived the fire was out and only minimal damage had been done to their home.
This is what happened. The fire burst a water pipe. The place and direction where the water pipe broke quickly put out the fire. When the water was turned off, the spray ended and the family went back to bed.
Now that's an act of God!
It's the kind of preservation the Lord extends to His people (and often to those who are not). It's the kind of rescue He provides when we are in trouble. The only differences between that Toronto family and us is this: our fires aren't as noticeable and the evidence of the Lord's handiwork isn't always as obvious.
Nevertheless, the Lord who sent His Son to save us from sin, death and the devil is on duty 24-7.
Because of the Father's ongoing love for us, the same gracious love which sent His Son into this world to take our place, that heaven-sent love continues to keep us from fires unseen, pains and problems unidentified.
And if your mind immediately comes up with an exception or an objection because of what was just said, then remember this: because of our sin this world is no longer the Garden of Eden where everything is "very good" (see Genesis 1:31).
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for preserving that Toronto family, I give thanks. For keeping me from harm and danger, I am grateful. Now may I, in gratitude for the Savior's work and Your protection, remember You with ongoing appreciation. This I ask in the Name of my Savior. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries