God will surely come to your aid.
This promise includes six implicit truths about God that justify our faith in him during distress.
- God exists. The cosmos, nature, and life itself affirm his existence.
- God is present with us. He delivers personalized aid in real time.
- God sees our plight. Awareness always precedes benevolence.
- God cares for us. Otherwise he would promise nothing.
- God has the resources to help us. He has already provided for our tangible and spiritual sustenance.
- God has obligated himself to help us. Note the “will surely” reference in the pledge.
These six truths are reiterated throughout the Bible. We therefore know the promise, which God originally conveyed to the Israelites centuries ago, also applies to us.
Here are a few of these iterations.
Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
God Is Present With Us
Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Matthew 28:20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
God Sees Our Plight
Psalm 139:1-4 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
God Cares For Us
Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles,
God Has The Resources To Help Us
1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Philippians 4:19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
God Has Obligated Himself To Help Us
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.