“I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. . . “ Jer 29:14
This past weekend I read this verse with a very troubled woman. It spoke to her very heart, about how she had been in a bad place, and felt trapped. She wept as we discussed that God is faithful, and He is delivering her from that place.
And that is the theme I am thinking of for myself lately.
That God delivers.
Because I really feel that I need to be delivered. The moods of menopause and the remnants of the flu have left me feeling depressed almost constantly. I’m not sure what to do. I have to study out that God is faithful. He watches over me, and he will deliver me, at the right time. I have to believe that there is something good just over the horizon.
Day after day announce how HE delivers! I Chron 16:23
This is what David declared after he was appointed king by the leaders of the people. For years, he had pursued by enemies in the desert. But now his time had finally come.
And when that happened, David couldn’t stop glorifying God: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” I Chron 16:8.
God brings us back from the desert places. Time and time again, faithfully, He IS our redeemer.
My people have been lost sheep . . . They wandered over mountain and hill . . . Yet their redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. (Selections from Jer 50)
Here are some other great verses on deliverance —
- The LORD’s angel camps around the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them. Ps 34:7
- You encircle me from back to front, placing your hand upon me. Ps 139:5
- Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Ps 32:7
- When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isa 43:2
- He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. . . He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Ps 18:16, 19
Of course, our ultimate redemption is through Christ. I wrote this passage down for my quiet time yesterday morning, and amazingly, as the Spirit works, this was also read by Rob, who did the sermon yesterday at church!
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Gal 4:4-6
We’re God’s beloved children. He gave his everything to adopt us. We’re not to live in fear.
Why do we feel fear? Because it feels out of control.
But it’s not.
We’re passing through the raging waters, but they will not sweep over us.
You know, the verse says we won’t drown . But it doesn’t say we won’t be thrown around by the current.
Jesus’ disciples experienced the full brunt of the storm when they were on the waters, so much so that they thought they were going to die.
But Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40
He expected them to be calm in the face of turbulent storms, in the face of things that seemed out of control.
They would make it to the other side. There was a way.
Because God was there. The angel of the Lord surrounded them. He didn’t abandon them to the storm.
And the same is true for us, for me.
My moods feel out of control. But I cannot give into discouragement. God IS with me.
He will deliver me at the right time. I will make it through.
He will surround me with songs of deliverance.