Will God Really Rescue You?

I don’t know about you, but I have certainly wrestled with the thought of whether or not God’s everlasting patience and constant helping hand are as unconditional as they say they are, for ME. It is often easier for me to believe His mercy and desire to help for other people than to believe it for myself.

One great way to understand the character of God is to watch it played out in the Bible towards others. Because He never changes and His heart is always the same (James 1:17), we can rest in the love and mercy we see Him give others, knowing He has the same for us. Disregard the numbers in this next passage, we will get to them momentarily.

“Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in. (1)

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (2)

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God
…they fell down, with none to help.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart. (3)

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron. (4)

Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction. (5)

Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.

[the waves] mounted up to heaven;
they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man! (6)Psalm 107

Digging Deeper:

(1) When we are lost, worn out, unable to keep going…He delivers. He will lead us to where we are supposed to be – He leads us to the happiness we are searching for and not finding. He wouldn’t have to lead us if we knew where we were going so that is why we have to stop going our own way and follow Him. We can’t follow Him and go our own way too. He wants to lead us, but we have to let Him. He leads us to what we are looking for. It is going to look different than what we had planned because clearly what we had planned was not leading to fulfillment or we would not be looking any longer.

(2) He promises to satisfy our longing hearts, our deepest hurts only He can heal. We often think He is not doing that because He isn’t necessarily filling us up through the vessel WE have chosen as the “needed” thing or the “right” thing. He is bigger, His thoughts are higher. He PROMISES to fill us up. He never breaks a promise. We all inevitably get to a point where nothing that we have to hold onto is enough to keep us from falling. If we will trust Him, He can and will help in a ways unlike we even imagine possible.

(3) No matter what is holding us prisoners, no matter what the chains are made of, He can break them. He can bring us out of the dark shadows that have followed us, some of us for as long as we can remember. There is no chain He cannot break. There is no bondage that is too tight or too dark for His power and love to split in half.

(4) Not only does He set us free, He SHATTERS the doors we cannot open. He doesn’t break our chains just a little, loosening them enough so we can slip out, He cuts them completely in half – He breaks their hold completely so they can never again hold us captive. When He breaks us free, we don’t need to take the chains with us. That is not true freedom. We can leave them where they once held us captive with only a snapshot to remind us where we came from.

(5) Even when we contribute to the mess we are in, even if we mess up big time, He still saves us just the same. When He sees His children in trouble, He doesn’t evaluate the cause of the trouble to decide if His love is enough to rescue. His love is always enough.

(6) Only He can make this storm be quiet. Only in His arms can the waves finally cease. He will bring you to a place of wholeness, love, peacefulness, happiness and fulfillment like you are searching for. He does not rescue us to put us back in a prison. He rescues us to put us into more freedom than we can even fathom.

Hang on, sweet friend, healing is here.

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