No matter what kind of trouble you are in, you simply cannot extricate yourself
from it in your own power.
In order to understand how God delivers us from afflictions, we must study how
He delivered Israel from their bondage. The Bible says: “Now all these things
happened to them as examples, and they are written for our admonition” (1
Everything that happened to Israel—their bondage, trials, and deliverance out
of Egypt—are testimonies and examples to us today.
The Lord told Moses, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in
Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their
sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them . . .” (Exodus 3:7-8).
God’s Word clearly says here, “I know their sorrows.” Beloved, if that does
not give you comfort in your affliction, nothing will. The Lord is saying, “I
know what you’re going through, but this is not your battle. The devil, is too
much for you, so I have come down to deliver you!”
“I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I
will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched
arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your
God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from
under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I
swore” (Exodus 6:6-8).
Try all you want to deliver yourself—dream, scheme and manipulate—but in
the end, God says, “This is My work!”
When David came against the giant, he said: “Then all this assembly shall know
that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the
Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47).
David did not take matters into his own hands and say, “I’m going to bite the
bullet and do this in my own strength.” No! He knew this was the Lord’s