Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 30, 2016

“God is to us a God of deliverances” – “The righteous cry, and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 11:1-14.

“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor,
But with the humble is wisdom.
The integrity of the upright will guide them,
But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.
4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless will smooth his way,
But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
But the treacherous will be caught by their own greed.
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of strong men perishes.
The righteous is delivered from trouble,
But the wicked takes his place.
9 With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
12 He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,
But a man of understanding keeps silent.
13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
14 Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is victory.”  Proverbs 11:1-14.

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The simple and clear message that the righteous is delivered from trouble is repeated in the highlighted verses 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

Likewise, we read similar short summary declarations, or we read long stories of the lives of the righteous showing it, throughout Scripture.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.”  Psalm 34:17.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:19.

“You are my hiding place;  You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.”  Psalm 32:7.

“For He has delivered me from all trouble,
And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.”  Psalm 54:7.

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.”  Psalm 107:6.

In conclusion, these deliverances from troubles are not just random acts of kindness by God.  The deliverances combine to show Who God is.  “God is to us a God of deliverances”. 

“19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.  Selah.
20 God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”  Psalm 68:19-20.

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