A Mighty Helper
“For they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.” (Isaiah 19:20b)
In this small portion of today’s passage we are reminded of God’s passion with respect to people. It is a passion that He tells us about over and over from the first few chapters of the Bible to the very last words.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:21)
His passion is experiencing His grace when life gets difficult. His grace when evil creeps into our life personally or within our family, oppressing us and others, causing us to cry out to the Lord. His grace when we just need hope for the future. His grace of hearing our cry and sending us a Savior, a Mighty One who will save or deliver us.
When it comes to a hope for the future, of spending eternity with God we are told specifically these familiar words of grace,
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
“For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
That is His grace for the future, no condemnation but everlasting life by believing.
As for the present, His grace of hearing our cry also results in sending us a Savior, a Mighty One who will save or deliver us.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors by means of Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Just look at that list of the ways we can be oppressed in everyday life. And then look at the conclusion of grace at the end of the oppression. For those who believe, nothing is able to separate us from the love of God which is in the Savior, a Mighty One who delivers us, Christ Jesus our Lord.
Father, help me to be aware of this truth of your grace and deliverance when I am being oppressed. Help me to hear your Spirit reminding me of this truth so I can see your grace and deliverance in the midst of this time of oppression I am in.