"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all."
We know these verses, but most of us are not so sure if we believe them—or maybe we believe them, but think the meaning must be more spiritual, and not really for our physical needs.
I assure you, the verses are totally true, both physically and spiritually—But they are restricted to the righteous. Does that mean that God will not show mercy to all? God shows mercy to whom He wants, but He always shows mercy to the righteous.
“Who are the righteous?” you may ask. They are those who have wholeheartedly accepted Jesus as their savior. They are those who
continue on with Christ in their walk because they truly believe in Him—They abide in Him daily and He abides in them. These are the righteous, and at anytime, anyone of us can become the righteous if we so choose to do so—And we do so, by accepting Christ as our Lord and savior.
Do these verses mean that the righteous will never suffer? No, of course not. These verses say “many are the afflictions of the righteous.” We have troubles because we live in a fallen world, and the righteous also have added troubles because of persecution. Paul suffered many things, but was also delivered out of them all. Some may find that scary, but this life is very short lived—we should look at it in the light of eternity. The little we suffer now does not compare to the peace and glory that will be ours for eternity.
Father, thank You for being a great provider. No matter which way things turn out to be--I remain a winner every time with You. If I die, I am with You for eternity--If I live, I am blessed in every way and still have eternity to look forward to. Thank You Lord. Amen.