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Thursday
Sep142017

Instant deliverance won’t always come, but God is an ever-present help

Photo Credit: Getty/Blend Images/Peathegee IncArticle By Empowering Everyday Women Ministries // Spiritual

Share When we go through the storms of life, our response is either fight or flight, and our natural reaction is usually the latter: flight.

So, it only makes sense that when trouble strikes, our first prayer comes out as a cry of deliverance. No one wants to face the storm; we want the rain to stop so we’ll have a clear path to the place where the Lord is leading us.

But we must learn that we can’t get out of every storm. Sometimes, you have to go through the desert to get to the oasis. Instead of always crying out, “Deliver me!” the next time you’re on your knees, let Psalm 46:1 ESV be your prayer.

Let’s read and interpret this verse in three parts:

Part 1.) “God is our refuge…” A refuge is a place of safety and shelter. If God is our refuge, then, that means He is our protection and safe place. You know, the only problem with the erroneous prosperity gospel of “if you serve God, you’ll never go through,” is the fact that it contradicts the Lord’s Word.

In order for God to be your refuge, or protection, there has to be something to protect you from—which means there will be perils, trials and threats in life. But the good news is, whatever you’re facing can’t defeat you, because your refuge is in the hands of the Almighty.

Part 2.) “…and strength” Not only will the Lord protect you from being utterly destroyed by the battle you must face, but He will give you the strength to get through it. He doesn’t send you into battle unarmed; you are dressed in the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13). Wield His Word—your sword—as your weapon of defense!

The Bible strengthens us in our faith. It empowers us to follow God through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4), with full confidence He will bring us safely to the other side. Prayer, studying the Bible and spending time in the Lord’s presence builds perseverance; it gives you the strength to keep on keeping on.

Part 3.) “…a very present help in trouble.” In times of struggle, in times of lack, in times of sickness, in times of distress, God is there. Sometimes it feels like God isn’t present during our dark days, because we focus on the fact that He is a God who gives blessings and rewards.

However, we must not forget that the rain precedes the rainbow and likewise, the trial precedes the triumph. Thankfully, you are not suffering alone: if God allowed you to go through, it’s for a reason. Even though you might not know what that reason is, know this: He will stick by your side until you get where He’s trying to take you. He will never leave nor forsake you in your time of need (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Trust the process, and remember that instant deliverance isn’t always the way to destiny. Your blessing is on the way, but it lies on the other side of the storm.

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