In my distress, I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. — Psalm 188:5 NLT
Are you in distress? Does your mind run crazy with worry? Is life overwhelming, and is fear choking your faith? Your circumstance or your problem, instead of being a place of imprisonment, can become your place of freedom. The Lord waits for you to come to Him. He waits for your need to come to His altar. He waits for you to lay down your fear—the problem you can’t fix and the thoughts you can’t control. When you come to the Him in surrender and prayer, He answers with the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. When you relinquish at His altar, you too are raised into the freedom of new life.
“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God,” the writer to the Hebrews imparts. “There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16, NLT).
Your gracious Lord waits at His altar with a love that looks beyond your sin, your failure, your fears, and recognizes your need. He waits with a grace so forgiving and so complete that nothing can impede its powers to change you. When you come in distress, your soul cries out for His mercy and for His help. When your heart is strained to the breaking point, you thirst for only Him. He comes to meet your thirst. His mercy forgives, and His grace lifts you into His very presence. You come to Jesus—who opened this altar of grace to you—to the all-powerful, infinite, and sovereign God who can move mountains and change circumstances and lives.
Right before you, this omnipotent God, who yearns to love you intimately, just waits for you to come—to realize how much you need Him. There, on your knees in complete surrender, you receive His mercy and His forgiveness—there you find freedom from sin and failure that has imprisoned you. He lifts your head to meet His gaze, and you are lost in the love of His sacrifice. You receive His grace to meet any need. You are free in His forgiveness and love. You know He has not only redeemed your soul but redeemed all that has burdened your heart and tormented your mind. You rise in His grace and freedom. You rise in peace and purpose. You rise in the joy of His grace, because you have knelt before the Savior, and allowed Him to own your heart.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher