Jesus meets the Christian who is in distress. And He understands. He has been there.
Expose your distress to this message from Charles Spurgeon: “God is with us in sorrows. There is no pang that rends the heart, I might almost say, not one which disturbs the body, but what Jesus Christ has been with you in it all.
“Feel the sorrows of poverty? He ‘had not where to lay His head.’ Do you endure the griefs of bereavement? Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. Have you been slandered for righteousness’ sake and has it vexed your spirit? He said, ‘Reproach hath broken Mine heart.’ Have you been betrayed? Do not forget that He, too, had His familiar friend who sold Him for the price of a slave.
“On what stormy seas have you been tossed which have not roared about His boat? Never glen of adversity so dark, so deep, apparently so pathless, but what, in stooping down, you may discover the footprints of the crucified One! In the fires and in the rivers, in the cold of night and under the burning sun, He cries, ‘I am with you; be not dismayed; for I am both thy Companion and thy God!”
The dictionary defines distress as “Acute or extreme suffering or its cause; pain; trouble… an afflicted wretched or exhausted condition; a state of extreme need.”
“Ah,” you say, “that describes me and my troubles exactly.”
Then take heart. You are not the first to endure such heartaches. God delivered others when in distress. That is the promise of our text.
And He will deliver you!