Have you ever felt like a “basket case” in life??? That is how I am sure the Apostle Paul must have felt in the story I have been studying today in God’s Word. A “basket case” can be defined as someone who is for some reason not able to function normally, especially due to overwhelming stress, anxiety or the like. That was certainly true for Paul as enemies plotted to do away with him for his outspokenness for Jesus!!! Jesus made it clear to His disciples that if people hated them, to know that they hated Him first!!! Oh Jesus was perfect and many hated Him in deed because He revealed their need for change!!! Because of their plot against him being made known to him, the Lord gave Paul and His disciples insight in how to escape the enemy!!! Bless Him!!! He has a way of watching out for His of faith!!! Those after Paul were watching the gates by day and night so that they might put him to death; however, his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large “basket!!!” And there, folks, we have Paul as a Biblical example of a genuine “basket case.” 🙂 Ruh, ruh, ruh!!! Way to rock it, oh saints of yesterday!!! If the Lord calls us to such, He will see us thru such!!!
Because of our Father’s creativity at work in His people, they were able to keep going for the cause of Christ and we are told by our Father’s Word “so the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear (reverence) of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” (Acts 9:23-31)
Often times, missionaries have to operate underground because of oppressive governments that prohibit the spread of Christianity in the normal way as we know it in America!!! Please pray for them for our Father’s favor upon them to be able to persevere in victory in the going forward for the sake of Christ’s kingdom as they seek to partner with heaven!!! Satan is always working to shut them down and yet we know that it is our Father’s heart for them to be able to go on in the fear (reverence) of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit that there may continue to be increase for His kingdom in all the earth!!! Your prayers for missionaries in challenging circumstances around the world may be the very basket of escape that they need to keep going!!! Now how awesome is that to partner with heaven for them in such a way as that!!!
Perhaps you are the one who is in need of a basket of escape from an enemy??? As we seek our Father, He will provide what is needed to keep His will, His plan and His purpose moving forward as long as it is needed here!!! How blessed are we to have Him on our side in life as we seek to partner with heaven with Him!!! We serve a very creative God and a powerful One too!!! We can trust in Him and not be moved or shaken as this song says here!!! He’s got us always!!!
He even changed the Apostle Paul’s heart creatively to keep His gospel moving forward thru Paul who at one time was the one trying to stop it!!! Oh when Father has a will, there is a divine way always!!! HOOORAH!!! GOOO FATHER!!! YOU ROCK!!! Persevere in going where Father has you, saints and trust in His divine victory to keep you going where you are needed, even if He chooses to put you in a “basket case” situation for a time!!! He knows how to provide His kids with ways of escape for His divine intentions/purposes in life as He works us all to safe harbor to our eternal home shore forever free!!! Jesus – He sooo makes me smile at how He works all things for our good in ways that are immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine!!! 🙂 “He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him until that day!!!” (2 Timothy 1:12) GLORY TO JESUS CONTINUE TO BE!!!