No Help is Coming

Can you imagine calling 911 and hearing a busy signal? Or getting a dispatcher that tells you no one is on
their way?
 
As Hurricane Ida smashed into Port Fourchon, LA, the mayor announced that emergency responders would
not be able to answer calls, Collin Arnold, New Orleans’ top emergency official said, “There’s nobody coming,” (CBS
news). Because of the storms, it was unsafe to send out responders. Can you imagine needing help, though, and
hearing that no help is coming?

The psalmist in Psalm 22:11 felt this when he wrote, “Trouble is near and there is no one to help.” He cries
out to God and recounts his agony. “Many bulls surround me. Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths
wide against me. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has
melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can
count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me,” (Psalm 22:12-17).
 
Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. There’s no light at the
end of the tunnel. No hope. Yet the psalmist still cries out to God: “But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength,
come quickly to help me. Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me
from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen,” (Psalm 22:19-21). In the midst of trouble,
we have a God who hears, and a God who is not far off. Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us, and to be
with us always, to the very end of the age (Hebrews 13:5 and Matthew 28:20).