When Distress is our Friend

Feb. 11, 2020

Scripture Readings

‘May the LORD answer you when you are in distress (on the day you crash); may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.” 

This Psalm of David may have been written for the people of Israel to pray for their king, a vulnerable human, who was preparing for battle. You can almost feel the desperation and anxiety in David’s prayer. He was filled with the Holy Spirit just as we are as Jesus followers. His heart’s desire was for his LORD, and for victory for his people, and for God to be honoured! He trusted in the name of the LORD and had faith that his plans would succeed in spite of opposition!

Moses “shook in his sandals” at the request of God to lead the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. Fear and inadequacy assailed him. God granted his request to have a human (Aaron) go with him to face the hard-hearted Pharaoh. God’s plan was for his beloved people to tell their children and grandchildren of their miraculous delivery from bondage that they would know him, that he was the LORD. He wanted to dwell among them, and he called Moses to deliver them from enslavement in Egypt.

Jesus, when it was time, put his human agony into his Father’s hand. Talk about distress in the garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem! As Jesus yielded to his Father’s will, he was mocked and rejected. His followers deserted him. Peter denied him three times. Judas’ betrayal was epic.  

When you hear God calling you, knocking, whispering; yield your will. Give Him your feelings and emotions, your crash, and act in trust and obedience. You will experience the presence of the Holy Spirit! Those around you will be under God’s hand as he hardens and softens their hearts and wills and does what he sees fit to bring about his plan and good for you and those you love. God is God, the great I AM! We have no control over him and quite frankly, I don’t want to have a god that I can control! 

As you surrender and trust, you will be an instrument in the Mighty One’s hands. You may feel distress, anxiety, pain, misunderstanding, criticism, persecution, loss but what is that compared to losing God’s presence, to living a life in bondage to your selfish desires and losing your soul?

God has done everything for us! Through Jesus, his plan for dealing with our sin is finished. In all of our distresses in this life, whom else can we hope in? Who will love us like he does?

Judy Willms

Great friend, wife, mom and grandmother