By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.”
The three greatest words that you can rely on is found in the verse above when Eliphaz said, “But he saveth…” In Eliphaz’s discourse, he addressed the fact that man will have troubles in life. When he addressed these troubles, he concluded in verse 8, “I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:” He continued to say in verse 9, “Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:” Though Eliphaz’s response to Job’s calamity was to condemn, he had it right in these statements that God is the only One Who can save you.
The verse above goes further than just saying that the LORD will save you, but it says, “But he saveth the poor…” Being poor is more than lacking finances; being poor is being deficient in anything. In other words, God saveth those who are deficient or poor in any area of life. Are you poor in strength? Let me remind you, but He saveth. Are you poor in knowledge; but He saveth. Are you poor in finances; but He saveth. Are you poor in friends; but He saveth. Are you poor in comfort; but He saveth. Are you poor in companionship; but He saveth. I don’t know where you are poor in life, but one thing I do know is that He can save you from your problems. Let me point out a couple of thoughts to help you if you find yourself poor in some area of life.
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First, you are not the only one with troubles. Verse 7 says, “Yet man is born unto trouble…” You cannot go through life without experiencing trouble in life. It doesn’t matter if you are saved or lost; everyone is going to have troubles in life. To blame God for the troubles you have in life is ludicrous. To determine you are going to quit on God because you are going through troubles is the wrong answer. Your troubles in life won’t quit just because you quit on God; instead, you will find your troubles to become greater when you quit on Him.
Second, your answer in time of trouble is to “seek unto God.” If you need help from your trouble, commit your cause unto the LORD. The LORD is near you and desires for you to seek unto Him. Oftentimes the reason God allows troubles in your life is because He knows it will cause you to seek Him. Many people wane and stop seeking God when times are good, and the only way God can get them to come back into His presence where there is protection from the world is by allowing troubles into their lives so that they will seek Him. You will find that your troubles won’t be so overwhelming when you continually seek God and walk in His presence.
Third, your troubles are not too great for God to handle. Verse 9 says, “Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:” Your trouble is another opportunity for God to do the marvelous in your presence. Your trouble is another possibility for God to do some great thing for you. You will never see the great and marvelous things that God can do for you if you don’t seek Him in prayer.
Fourth, there is hope for you because He saveth. The verse above says, “So the poor hath hope…” I don’t know what you are facing today, but you have hope because He saveth. My friend, your troubles may be great, but you have hope if you will seek Him in the time of trouble; it is then that He can do the great and marvelous things to deliver you from trouble.
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Bro. Domelle started traveling as a full-time evangelist in 1990. Throughout the years of being an evangelist, God allowed him to preach in 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries, see thousands of people saved, and thousands of decisions made by believers in those meetings.
On April 15, 2018, Bro. Domelle took the pastorate at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. He continues to travel and hold meetings while pastoring a growing church. Bro. Domelle also co-founded the Old Paths Conference which is a Baptist conference that strongly promotes the old-time ways. He has authored several books, and is the founder and editor of the Old Paths Journal.
Bro. Domelle believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to win people to Christ. He personally wins many people to Christ each year. He has also seen several men saved under his ministry who have been called to preach and are now pastoring here in the States or serving as missionaries on foreign fields.
Bro. Domelle and his wife, Sandy, have been happily married since 1994. They have one daughter, Caitlyn.