Angry For Us
I called to the LORD in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears. Then the earth shook and quaked; the foundations of the mountains trembled; they shook because He burned with anger.
When we are in trouble, we often feel as if God is angry with us, and our instinct is to hide from Him as Adam and Eve did in the garden. From this passage, however, we see that God is angry FOR us and with anything that threatens to harm us, and when we cry out to Him, He moves heaven and earth to rescue us from danger.
Verse 11 of this chapter explains even more:
He made darkness His hiding place, dark storm clouds His canopy around Him.
In the midst of life’s storms that rage around us, we may often ask, “Where is God in all this?” We must remember that He hides Himself in darkness. He is not only in the midst of the storm, He IS the storm! We need not fear its devastation because God has a purpose in it.
Verses 16-17 give us assurance of God’s faithful love toward us during life’s storms:
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He pulled me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me.
There is no place too deep or too dark that the hand of God cannot reach us if we are in trouble – even trouble of our own making. When we cry out to God with a sincere and repentant heart, He is ready to save. Verse 19 gives us even more hope and reason to rejoice:
He brought me out to a wide-open place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
As His child, God delights in you. He will rescue you from the grip of the enemy and position you in a wide-open place, where you are free to expand and be who He has called you to be. Reaching our God-given destiny, however, will not come without storms or battles. When we face such difficult times, we can trust that God is in the midst of them, and His ultimate purpose in it all is to move us from the depths of a pit to a wide-open place. Cling to Him while the storm rages. He’s not angry with you. He is angry FOR you!
Have a blessed day!