Help Is On The Way

“In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.” - Psalm 71:1

When I was a child, one of the most popular genres on television were Westerns. Shows like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, and Cheyenne were all popular when I was coming up. And while I do not recall the names of the characters or the storylines, I do remember a common plot that frequently occurred in each of them.

Whenever the good guys were in trouble, whenever their enemies had them pinned in and their backs up against the wall, they would be rescued by a band of soldiers riding on horseback. These guys came to save the day, and when people saw them, their countenance changed. They went from sad to glad, from frightened to uplifted, and invariably, someone would yell out, “Look, the Calvary is on the way.”

The arrival of the Calvary meant that things were about to turn around, and what appeared to be the end of the story was just the beginning because help was on the way.

Calvary was a reinforcing band of specially trained soldiers who came to help during difficult, dark, and dismal times. While the army on the ground seemed defeated, they knew that defeat was only temporary because help was on the way.

This is exactly what takes place with Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 33, he and his people find themselves in a world that is near the brink of utter ruin and near collapse. The armies of King Nebuchadnezzar are advancing on Jerusalem, and the city streets are soon to be lined with dead people who once walked upon them. From all accounts, the situation is bleak; the city is doomed. Jeremiah himself is in prison for preaching against the king and his government, and the people of Jerusalem are suffering at the hands of their Babylonian oppressors.

And yet, amidst all the devastation, the preacher utters a word of encouragement and promise to these beleaguered and anguished people. With their backs up against the wall and their enemies on the attack, the prophet proclaims that restoration is going to return to this devastated community, and the life they had will return once again.

What does this mean for you? The same news it meant for Jeremiah, help is on the way! No matter where you are and no matter how far pinned up against the wall you find yourself, your Calvary, God, is on His way and He is going to get you out! Help truly is on the way!

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