Psalm 107:1-32 shows us that problems come to everyone. Four examples are given. The wanderer, the prisoner, the fool, and those who are in a storm. How these problems were dealt with, will be our study this week.
The Wanderer (Psalm 107:4-9)
The problem (107:4-5)
“They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Their cry (107:6)
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
God’s solution (107:7) (Reference 107:4)
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Our response should be to praise the Lord for His goodness (107:8)
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
God’s Solution (107:9) (Reference to 107:5)
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
There are times in our lives when we wander. We have no clear direction where we are going or why.
It may because we chose to walk away from God. God’s word, the bible, gives us God’s direction. When we do not read it or read it and fail to obey it, we have no clear direction from God.
Then there God’s tests in our lives. God brings tests to help us grow closer to Him. In the depth of the trial, Job never cursed God.
God knows what we are going through. He also knows how it ends. But it does not always end the way we want.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:5)
Whatever the outcome, we are to praise God for His goodness.
The key is not to be a wanderer. Stay close to God. Rely on the Bible for your direction in life. Allow God, through the Holy Spirit, to lead you.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001