When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. (Ps. 118:5)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 118: 1-9
Enslavement, trafficking, prostitution, family breakdown, deceit, wars, abuse, crime, disease—today’s news headlines are not hopeful. Throughout time, many have stood against such evils. Moses was called to lead people who saw no way out, and Deborah relied on her faith and took action to proclaim God’s Word. Sold into slavery, Joseph’s relationship with God forged his role as one of Israel’s greatest leaders. Former Navy SEAL Chad Williams was forged through adversity to become one of our nation’s best warriors. His book, SEAL of God, is a testimony of his experiences as a SEAL and as a Christian, written to help others understand the love and sacrifice of Christ.
Hard places are often very present in a believer’s life. The hardest time I have known was the loss of my adult child to suicide. A long journey that never ends, my true solace is only through deep trust in, and reliance on, the Savior. God has been my Jehovah-Rophe, my healer, when nothing the world offered was the answer. He provides refuge, a safe place, grace, and mercy.
He is the answer for the immorality we see in the world. He is benevolent and merciful when we stumble. His grace is limitless, and his love is pure. God always gives us reason to trust him. When the world seems like a wilderness—be the voice proclaiming God’s good news.
Share the God who heals hearts and sets captives free.
Susan Gordon lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she enjoys riding her e-bike, walking, serving as a volunteer in her city and county parks, photography, and spending retirement making memories with her family.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.