‘Will you be delivered?’ (Isaiah 37:11)
This is plainly the language of an insulting foe. He had triumphed and now he boasted, but his power was bounded and his pride procured his fall. Often when in trouble, when distressed, when tried by a sense of sin and unworthiness, unbelief and Satan join, and pointing to others who have fallen, and to our acknowledged unworthiness, insultingly ask the question “Will you be delivered then?”
Yes, Satan, we shall be delivered; the God of Hezekiah is our God, and He has said “From six calamities he will rescue you, in seven no harm will befall you” (Job 5:19). We believe His word, we rely on His faithfulness, we plead at His throne: and so sure as He CAN deliver, He WILL.
He has often done so in the past, He delivers all His praying people now, and in Him we trust that He will deliver us. Not on account of anything in us, or of anything done by us, but because He has said “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name… I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him” (Psalm 91:14-15). He is faithful, His word cannot fail, nor should our faith be shaken. Deliverance is certain, for God has spoken, and God is true.
The same His power, His love the same,
Unmoved the promise shines;
Eternal truth surrounds His name,
And guards the precious lines.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘A sweet and sacred calm reigned in my soul, I looked up and besought the Holy Spirit to lead me into fellowship with Christ in his sufferings, and to produce in me an insatiable “desire to be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”’