God Will Redeem Our Life From All Distress
“The king vowed and said, “As the Lord lives,
who has redeemed my life from all distress,..”
1 Kings 1:29 (NASB)
Toll roads can be terrific. I recently travelled some of our Texas toll ways at the designated speed limit of 80 miles per hour. There wasn’t a lot of traffic. The roads were flawless. It was driving at its best. Obviously, not all roads are equal. Inevitably, you get funneled back on to more typical roadways with its share of potholes, traffic jams, and drivers that need a refresher course on basic traffic safety.
Smooth sailing may be the ideal, but it is not the norm – whether our journey is on a highway or through life. If we are going to be graceful and successful in discipling, parenting, and life – we have to expect that trials and troubles are always part of the equation. We need not fear occasional fouls or failures; and we dare not create idols out of a longing for a life with no problems. What we need is faith, perspective, and provision – gifts that God alone can give.
David obviously learned this critical life lesson. Even at the end of his life, as he made his final vow, he reflected on this profound truth, it is the Lord, “who has redeemed my life from all distress.” In these words of praise, David celebrated the innumerable times that the Lord had acted on his behalf, to deliver him from his own sins and his numerous enemies. Several of David’s psalms were written in connection with those times of God’s deliverance (Ps. 40; 142). We must learn that God, alone, is our deliverer.
As we travel the hills, valleys and detours of life, let us do so with the confidence that God will redeem our life from all distress. Problems are part of the process. He can work all things together for His good and our growth.