Lord, thou has heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: To judge the
fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.
With tears in her eyes, Sally (Not Her Real Name) pulled her coworker aside and told her the news: Sally's husband
would not be coming home. She now had four children
to care for all by herself. She didn't understand
what happened to her marriage.
When her husband had left he said, "I just need a little time
to think, I'll be back." Then one day Sally discovered he had
drained their bank account, took all their savings, and
left her with no way to pay the bills.
Her children took the news even harder than Sally, especially
her youngest, who wondered why her daddy had abandoned
her and their family. He had promised her the day he left
that he would be back and now the tears just flowed
from his little girl's eyes and heart!
WHERE IS GOD
Sally and her children had questions. They prayed together
and had asked God "to please bring this husband and dad home" but now they knew that was not going to happen.
Each day brought another dilemma, a new battle to
overcome, some of their bills were past due, the little bit
of food that was in the refrigerator would not last until
Sally's next paycheck and her car needed repairs done.
NEVER GIVE UP
Sally was determined to find a way through this myriad of
difficulties however, now social issues were also popping up. She found it very embarrassing whenever she went to the
local market and people would ask her, "How's John" or
"Why haven't we seen John lately?"
She had no idea how she could continue to go to family
outings or even to church. And, then her son said something
that made her think twice, "Mom, you've always told us that
if we did nothing wrong, we had nothing to be ashamed of!"
Sally finally realized what she had taught her children was
true. She and her children had done nothing wrong and
they had nothing to be ashamed of!
She began to read her Bible faithfully where she found the encouragement she needed so badly, she also went back to church with her children. When people asked, "Where's John?" She politely told them that he had decided he couldn't handle
family life and had moved on.
As the pastor and members of the church realized what
Sally and her children were going through, help began to
pour in. Women would drop by with a meal now and then, men in the church would help with car and home repairs and
Sally realized she was not alone in this dilemma at all!
God had heard her cries every time she had prayed, He was
just waiting for her to open her heart's door and let people
know, she needed help. Who of us wouldn't extend a hand
to those around us who had a need?
THE LORD HEARS OUR CRIES FOR HELP
Lord Jesus, You know the hopes of humble people. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort their hearts by helping them.
You will be with all who are oppressed so that mere earthly man will terrify them no longer!
And Lord, give us the heart and the opportunity to help our
family, our friends, our church family, and our community,
whenever we have the means to meet their needs.
Adverse circumstances happen, but we do not have to face them alone when Jesus is our Lord!