“Breaking News!” I remember, especially as a child, these interruptions to the television program I was watching. Sometimes, it was a car chase or an earthquake. But on occasion, it was a daring rescue. Brave, well-trained men and women would rush to the site where someone was in danger. They would not rest until they had exhausted every possibility to save the person who needed help.
In Psalm 33, we read, “The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength…Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness. To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine….For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name.” (Psalm 33:16, 18, 19, 21 NASB)
I have had my share of challenging times, when my soul was struggling. These verses were so meaningful and important to me when I was downcast. When we are in the depths of our lives, in great sorrow, depression, or confusion, we keep looking for the one thing that can bring us out of it. It is the Lord.
During trying times, It is tempting to put ALL of your hope in a book, or a counselor, or a wonderful friend, or a helpful spouse. It can lead to us chasing the perfect version of all of these things. But all of these supports should point you back towards God, and agree with His Word. Ultimately, He will deliver you.
Sometimes when you are in the depths, He makes a dramatic rescue, the equivalent of a “breaking news” recovery with Coast Guard boats, helicopters, and hundreds of people. Or, it is quieter, a human chain of understanding support that forms to pull you out of the water little by little. Other times, He gives you the strength to swim to shore, get some rest, and heal. No matter the method, it is God who saves, in His own timing. Knowing that, there is hope for when you are in need of rescue.
Father, may we continue to look to you for our deliverance. Psalm 39:7 NKJV says “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” May we wait on you and hope in You each day! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.