We Are Not Alone When In Distress

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With Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham

We are Not Alone when in Distress

“For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light (Heb; Or - )” Mishle Shlomo - Proverbs of Solomon 6:23 (JPS).

There is no doubt that His teaching is Light:

This is a very special study, for it is all about teaching us that there is light even when we think that we are living in a time of darkness, and that some things in our lives is not going all that well, or that it is even going really badly. Please take my word for it, Elohim our ever loving Creator is and will always be with you, just make sure that you allow Him into your life, thus make sure that you will keep your door open!

We should remember that it was our Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, who accompanied us at every point during our sojourn in exile, to ensure that we as a nation would not be destroyed through our sufferings. Elohim spoke to Ya’aqov – Jacob;

“And Elohim spoke unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said: ‘Ya’aqov, Ya’aqov’. And he said: ‘Here am I’. And He said: ‘I am El, the Elohei of thy father; fear not to go down into EgyptI will go down with thee into Egypt’” Bereshit – Genesis 46:2, 3-4

And again we read in Yeshayahu - Isaiah 43:14;

“Thus saith , your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: For your sake I have sent to Babylon(JPS).

Thus what we have learnt, wherever B’Nei Yisrael went into exile, the Divine presence alsways went with us. When we were exciled to Babylon our Creator was with us. No matter where we were sent Elohim, blessed be He has never left us, and we should never forget that, and thank him for Him being ever present, and thus we can call on Him for His help and guidence!

When the Jewish people, or even a single Jew was in distress, Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, was always with them!

“I will be with him in a time of distress” Tehillim – Psalms 91:15 (Rav-RbA).

At such times Elohim, blessed be He, watches and supervises, weighs and measures the extent of Israel’s sufferings. If He sees that they have reached the limit of their endurance, or (El willing) that they have wholeheartedly repented, He will ensure that the nations will leave B’Nei Yisrael in peace.

The verse quoted above continues;

“I will rescue him, and bring him to honour. With long life will I satisfy him, and make him to behold My salvation” Tehillim – Psalms 91:15-16 (Rav-RbA).

And as we can see this refers to the individual Jew. If we only return to Elohim with all our heart. But what really amazed me is that His mercy is immeasurable, for Elohim even heard the cry of the groaning Israelites in Mitzraim when they were slaves and at large they were sadly not worshipping Elohim, but other deities. For it clearly states, in spite that they did not repent or even call out to their Elohim, but simply groaned in their misery and pain, our Elohim still was there and heard them;

“I have heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered My covenant” Shemot – Exodus 6:5 (JPS).

Thus if He hears our people when they are not even faithful, how much more will Elohim be willing to help and guide you when you are in need?

Blessed be He, Elohim saves individuals from their suffering, causing a change of heart within those among whom He dwells, for their hearts are in His Hands. A similar theme appears in the prayer of King Solomon.

“If they sin against Thee for there is no man that sinneth not and Thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captive unto the land of the enemy, far off or near; yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn back, and make supplication unto Thee in the land of them that carried them captive, saying: We have sinned, and have done iniquitously, we have dealt wickedly; if they return unto Thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies, who carried them captive, and pray unto Thee toward their land, which Thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which Thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for Thy name; then hear Thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven Thy dwelling-place, and maintain their cause; and forgive Thy people who have sinned against Thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against Thee; and give them compassion before those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them” Melachim A – Kings 1, 8:46-50 (JPS).

The following is the reply from Elohim, blessed be He;

“I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before MeMelachim A – Kings 1, 9:3 (JPS).

I am well aware that our lives can brings us many tribulations, but do not allow them to blame our Heavenly Father, for it is the way of the world, and it is the pain that is afflicted by mankind, be it evil, or diceases for there are countless man made, or introduced problems, and all too often people blame our loving Father for far too much. Turn to Him and allow Him to be your comfort, and allow Him to give you Rest, Life and Strength!

Seek Elohim and Receive Rest:

“I love them that love me, and those that seek me earnestly shall find me” Mishle Shlomo - Proverbs of Solomon 8:17 (JPS).

“But from thence ye will seek thy Elohim; and thou shalt find Him, if thou search after Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” Davarim - Deuteronomy 4:29 (JPS).

“And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart” Yirmyahu – Jeremiah 29:13 (JPS).

Seeking Elohim Gives You Life:

“For thus saith unto the house of Israel: Seek ye Me, and live” Amnos - Amos 5:4 (JPS).

“The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him, may your hearts live forever” Tehillim - Psalm 22:27 (JPS).

“Let the humble (or poor) eat and be satisfied; let them praise that seek after Him”

“The humble shall see it, and be glad; ye that seek after Elohim, let your heart revive” Tehillim - Psalm 69:33 (JPS).

Those Who Seek Elohim Find Strength:

His strength is limitless. When we become weak from extreme pressure and our hands tremble with fear, Elohim, blessed be Him, strengthens and steadies our way. It’s in those lowest moments where His strength shines the brightest. Here we mount wings of eagles to soar above the earthly circumstances, to run and not grow weary.

“But they that wait for shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:31 (JPS).

“Seek and His strength; Seek His face continually” Divre Hay’yamim 1 - Chronicles 1, 16:11

“Glory ye in His Holy Name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek . Seek ye and His strength; seek His face continually” Tehillim - Psalm 105:3-4 (JPS).

I pray that you will have found comfort in this study, but above all that you will look up and allow Elohim to work in your life and make all the improvements that are required. It will always be a work that needs to be done in unity, for it is living in His will and whilst you are being a good faithful, prayerful Torah abiding Jew, it will be done!

“Thou makest me to know the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy” Tehillim - Psalms 16:11 (JPS).

For those who have a yearning to learn more about the Torah and grow in being a good and faithful Jew, there are many valuable studies on Hebraic Studies, and you are welcome to email me .

May … “ bless thee, and keep thee;

 make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;

 lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”

 

Be’midbar – Numbers 6: 24-26

(JPS version of the Torah).

 

 

Please also read the following powerful studies:

The first two studies cover the Mitzvot, and no, not all 613 laws are relevant to all of us today

It is all made very clear. And you will love the ‘Tehillim 105’ study

And the Important Study “The Name”

 

 

Tehillim-Psalms 105

 

Also read the study

HaShem-The Name

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

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For Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is the one who gave us our Life!

 

 

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