When we get a health scare, a job loss, financial trouble, family problems, or just need help, to whom do we turn? Usually to an expert. Health scares require a doctor. Appointments, tests, medication, and we are well again. In body, anyway. Our spirit is still wounded with fears but we seldom recognize that. Financial trouble requires a financial analyst. Debt consolidation, maybe bankruptcy filings, and we’re back on stable footing. Financially, anyway. Our spirit is still wounded with humiliation, but we seldom recognize that. Family problems want a therapist, phobias need a psychologist, and we turn to this world’s experts again and again. And we walk away with a temporary fix and a wounded soul again and again.
Ps. 107 tell us to remember our history to help deal with our future. It reminds us to tell each other our stories of salvation.
Remember when we wandered in the desert wastelands and were starving? We cried out to God and He delivered us! He led us to cities with lots of food!
Remember when we were imprisoned and enslaved and hard labor was the way of the day? We cried out to God and He delivered us! He freed us and gave us rest!
Remember when we rebelled against God and almost died? We cried out to God and He delivered us! He taught us how to obey and saved our lives!
Remember when we were caught in that storm at sea and we were terrified almost to death? We cried out to God and He delivered us! He calmed the storm and our fears together!
You see, the very God who dries up rivers and lakes and destroys entire ecosystems, the very God who blesses the land and brings rains and cool weather to replenish the land, this God of climate change and seasonal change is our God to whom we can pray. If He can bring drought or floods, warmth and coolness with a thought, can’t He also be trusted to care for our needs when we cry out to Him? Maybe He’s the expert to whom we should turn in times of trial and trouble.