Fools, because of their rebellious way and because of their iniquities, were afﬂicted.
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses.
He sent His word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destructions.
Psalm 107:17–20 NASB
Fools, because of their rebellious way . . . were afﬂicted.” That, of course, does not describe you or me! It must surely apply to people from some other group, or with some other problem. Or could it be that you and I, by our folly and rebelliousness, do sometimes bring sickness on ourselves? At any rate, the people here described have come to the end of the road. Their appetite gone, past all human help, they lie at death’s door.
Finally, in utter desperation, they turn to God. They have certainly waited terribly long to pray, yet God in His mercy comes to their help. His mercy is threefold: He saves, He heals, He delivers. These are the three ways in which God meets humanity’s basic needs: He saves from sin; He heals from sickness; He delivers from the power of Satan.
In each case, God’s answer comes through His Word.“ He sent His word”—to save, to heal, to deliver. Here is a revelation of vital importance: Our problems may be different, but God’s answer comes to each of us through the same channel—His Word.
Perhaps you have been crying out to God for help and you feel He has not answered you. Look again at His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. You will ﬁnd your answer there!
Lord, I do believe You have the answer I need in Your Word. Help me to ﬁnd it there.
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