Saved from Their Distress

Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22

"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble; and he saved them from their distress; he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder."

One of the recurring narratives in scripture is that God gives people the ability to choose their path, people choose paths which are destructive, and then God saves people from their choices when they cry out to God for help. It happens over and over from the first chapters of Genesis through the books of the New Testament. 

While this pattern of our destructive behavior and the need to be saved from it is common during the season of Lent, it's actually more uplifting than it first appears. If God hasn't given up on His people for the thousands of years, we shouldn't expect him to give up on us, no matter how many times we slip back into bad decisions and destructive ways. When we feel bound by the chains we have created around ourselves, we find a God waiting for us to pray for forgiveness and release. And that's a reassuring message.