#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
To understand the power of this verse, I looked at the back story leading up to it. The Israelites were in exile, some as prisoners because of their rebellion against God. The group described here suffered because of their disobedience, and yet when they cried out to God, He rescued them. He freed them from their imprisonment. We all know that God will deliver those who are surrendered to Him, and works all things for the good of those who love Him, but these people suffered in prison because of their disobedience to God’s word and laws.
No matter how much we blow it in our walk with God, even if we are disobedient, He is so quick to forgive when we simply cry out to Him. In my experience, most people whom I may have sinned against, are not so quick to forgive. We may remain condemned in their eyes for a very long time. We are also afraid that God is just like our human friends, untrusting, still bitter, or blinded in their own anger. We might even be afraid to pray, to repent, or to worship God. Afraid we may be struck by lightning for walking into a church. “What if I cry out to God and He rejects me? After all, I rejected Him when I walked away in the first place.”
But God loves your repentance so much, that He will turn your situation of suffering around and deliver you from it when you cry out to Him. Even if your suffering is the result of rejecting God’s guidance and wisdom. Take heart that God holds no grudges when we sincerely seek Him. And if suffering should lead us to seek God, He won’t let you down. He is faithful to unfaithful, mercy trumps justice, love conquers sin.
Tommy Arsenal is a Freelance musician who lives in Massachusetts. He has a degree in Bible and is a strong believer in life long learning.