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Deliverance from Despair

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”—Psalm 107:6 (NIV)

I remember the day Erin Brockovich, the well-known environmental activist, visited our town and confirmed what our community had feared: We were living in a cancer cluster and water contamination was to blame. Each bath, hand-washed dish, or dip in our above-ground pool my family of six encountered meant cancer-causing elements were slowly absorbing into our system. Never before had we wanted to move so quickly, yet with this unsettling news the housing prices in our area had plummeted. As a result, we owed more than the house was worth, and the only way out was filing for foreclosure or applying for a short sale, so we thought.
It’s unexpected situations like these that remind me why I love God’s Word so much. In fact, the Lord showcases what triggers His amazing power in Psalm 107:6. This passage retells the story of when the Israelites hit rock bottom, “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress” (emphasis added). Sometimes it isn’t until we are wading through hardships in life that we experience our “then” moment. The bottom falls out, “then” we cry out to the Lord. It’s like this one act of emptying our resources, emotions, and physical stamina finally allows us to become the perfect vessel, weak enough to unleash His mighty power.
In our housing situation, that’s exactly what happened. For a year we tried to finagle a plan. We attempted to short sale, even though we never missed a monthly payment, but as every buyer fell through, I cried out to God to save us. After a year, we finally gave up and trusted that He was in control. If we were supposed to move, He’d show us how.
So when a new realtor explained that we could rent out our home and buy another, we laughed. “Sure, ok,” we jested, and half-heartedly tried this guy’s plan. Somehow, within 30 days we found a home, signed a contract, and secured renters who could care less about the silly scare. And wouldn’t you know it, a year later our water contamination problems diminished as no explanation was found for the unusual outbreak.
God loves to deliver His children. As much as we try, our lives will never morph into perfection, not on this broken earth. But we can grow and transform with our knees on the ground and our face lifted high, crying out for His wisdom and guidance.
DIG: When was the last time you hit rock bottom and experienced your “then” moment and cried out to the Lord for an answer?
DISCOVER: Search these verses on biblical heroes who had no other place to turn but God and see how the Lord speaks to you ( 2 Chronicles 13:14; Psalm 34:6; 1 Chronicles 5:20).
DO: Our help comes only from the Lord who loves to rescue His followers when asked. Is there something you’re facing right now at this moment that you feel God wants you to release over to Him? If a thought popped into your mind, try crying out to Him and see what He reveals.
{Previously published: Daily Devo, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, July 4, 2016}

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