Throughout the Old Testament, God gives example after example of His power to save us. His power comes into play whether the people cry out to Him or not. But it follows the people needing saving. Whether in battle or tribulation or sin or disease or disaster, the people are unable to save themselves; God saves them.
So many lessons of people trying to save themselves, to get themselves out of their predicaments, trying to avoid tribulations. They end in despair. The people are brought low. And then they cry out to God.
2 Chronicles 20.15, 17 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. … 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
God destroys the evil. Sometimes the evil is without, sometimes the evil is within, sometimes the evil is among.
When God destroys, He always saves a remnant. Look at His example in 1 Kings chapters 18 and 19. Elijah stood strong for the Lord and stood against Ahab and Jezebel. On Mount Carmel, Elijah slew all the prophets of Baal. When Jezebel heard of it, she sought to kill him, so Elijah fled. He hid and became discouraged. See how God comforts him:
1 Kings 19. 9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? 14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
But God assures him in verse 18: Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
Think of the great flood, where God saved Noah and his family. They were the remnant.
See how God saved David from all his enemies. Read Psalms 34.
Isaiah and Jeremiah were among the great prophets, warning the people, trying to turn them back to their True King. God saved them as a remnant while He destroyed the evil among them.
Look at the New Testament, when Saul was persecuting the Christians. They had fled, and were in hiding. But God saved a remnant and scattered them; the Gospel spread. Ananias ministered to Saul / Paul at the direction of God, and God used Paul mightily to preach and teach in His name.
We live in such times now. God is shaking us. He is using His Word to bring His people to Himself, to bring us to our knees as we cry out to Him.
For what do we cry?
For His justice?
For His mercy and grace?
How long, oh Lord, how long will you allow us to wallow in our miry pit as we dig ourselves deeper and deeper into our sin?
Jeremiah 10.10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
Psalms 107 applies to us today:
Psalms 107. 17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
Pray with me:
Lord, as You shake us and sift us, as you allow our own works to consume us, we fall on our knees before You. Lord God, I pray that I may be found faithful. Secure my heart to You, oh Lord; make me Your remnant. Strengthen me that I may ever stand strong for you.