“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
When Deliverance Seems to Be for Someone Else
Early last week I was added to a group text by an online friend. She shared the news that a mutual friend (a woman who has been in the (in)courage community for years) needed prayer for the health of her husband.
What unfolded over the course of the next few days was holy. Holy ground, right there in my phone.
Women prayed. Women sang hymns. Women groaned together as we strained to hold up our friend, as she pulled her family onto the mat and we lowered it down to the feet of Jesus. Women cried out to the Lord for healing, for peace, for specific aspects of the situation. Women just plain cried.
Women gathered, and the Lord was present. Our friend, afflicted and crushed, reached out and we rallied. We cried out and He heard us.
Oh friends, He does hear us. When we cry out for help, the Lord hears and He doesn’t stop there. He delivers.
But maybe it doesn’t look like deliverance.
Maybe it seems like He’s turned a blind eye to you and your crushing circumstances. Maybe you can only dream of a group of friends praying for you, because your loneliness is so deep. Maybe you or your loved one were not healed. Maybe you are pretty convinced that you’re an exception to this verse, that it simply does not apply to you because of the depth of your pain and affliction.
God doesn’t take your pain lightly. You matter to Him, though at times His methods seem unconventional.
Have you read the story of Moses and the band of Israelites that he led out of Egypt? God led them out of slavery and right into the desert. They left one terrible circumstance and seemed to walk right into another. After Pharaoh released the Israelites, he changes his mind and has his army chase the Israelites. Then they wander for three days before finding water. Then there isn’t any food (to which God says, “I hear your complaints,” and provides manna for them to eat.) Eventually they wander for over forty years before arriving in the land God promised them.
He heard them. He delivered. But I bet it wasn’t in the manner they’d expected or on the timeline they’d hoped for.
Are you wandering and weary? Grumbling or afflicted? Unable to see the ways that God is fighting for you? You’re not alone. But you are also not forgotten – like the Israelites. They cried for help, and the Lord heard and He delivered — in His means and in His time.
There’s no promise of a timeline, or that you’ll recognize being delivered. But there is a guarantee that it will come, by His hand. Reach out to a friend today, and ask for prayer — or ask to pray for her. Be reminded, and remind another that you are — she is — not forgotten.