Are you looking for deliverance or escape?

by Rod (The Mad Preacher) Davis

In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.dark_sadness_by_girl
(Psalm 118:5)

Are you facing difficulties right now? Are the pressures of life weighing you down? All of us are dark_sadness_by_girlconcerned about what is going on in the world and rightly so. However, I’m not referring to the economical crises we’re facing or the war that we’re waging against terrorism and it impact on America. I’m talking about those personal pressures—those private terrorists that attack your life with pain and anxiety. How do you pray when the pressure is on? When you cry out to God in the midst of your anguish what do you ask for? Are you praying for deliverance or… escape?

The Apostle Paul knew pressure far beyond what most of us have had to endure. Yet, he had this keen understanding that when trouble comes it brings with it a divine purpose. He said, “…what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:19b-21)

Our God is indeed sovereign! Knowing that is the key to peace. He has everything in complete control, even those things that terrorize your own little world. So, if you’re going through a painful experience please consider this; God allowed it to happen! I know that’s hard for many to accept, but it’s true. In fact, God is orchestrating, or commandeering, the events in our life to ultimately bring about our deliverance from to sinful nature and its desires.

God is much more concerned about our spiritual growth than He is about our comfort.

I know that this may seem to some incomprehensible to many. A child may not understand the discomfort involved in undergoing discipline, but it’s sorely needed if that child is to become a mature, productive adult. Paul understood the process. That’s why he could say something like “I eagerly expect and hope…” He knew that God was using the anguish in his life to bring about, not his escape from trouble, but his deliverance from the sinful nature and what that nature demands. God’s goal is to deliver from us bad habits, the sin that easily entangle and then to conform us to the image of His Son.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)

More of you, less of me should be the heart cry for every believer. Transformation will not come to pass if we try to escape from what God is trying to do in our life. Furthermore, we’ll never become “conformed to the likeness of his Son,” if we keep trying to fix what God is trying to break.