A Distress Call
by Kim Larsen
Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Zechariah 13:9 “I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, “This is My people: And each one will say, The LORD is my God.”
God invites us to present to Him our perplexities and necessities, and our need of divine help. He bids us to be instant in prayer. As soon as difficulties arise, we are to offer to Him our sincere, earnest petitions. By our importunate prayers we give evidence of our strong confidence in Him. The sense of our need leads us to pray earnestly and our heavenly Father is moved by our supplications. COL 172
Why is it that people, myself included, sometimes wait to seek help from God when things arise in our lives that we can’t handle. I sometimes feel that I should not bother God with trivial problems that I can handle on my own. WRONG!! The situation only gets worse until finally with my back up to the wall and things crashing down on my head, I call God help me!! I can’t do this by myself! I have had this conversation with the Lord more than I like to admit.
God wants to be an integral part of our lives. He wants to spend time with us. Yes, he does! He longs to hear our thoughts and struggles, especially before we get out of control. He wants to help us and to keep us from falling. Jude 1:24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” I Love this verse. It is so much better to keep from falling rather than repenting yet again after failure. Have you ever had this reoccurring failure syndrome? I realize after I have failed, nuts… I did it again, knowing that the same situation will present itself again in the future, and the next time I won’t be so blind and I will know it’s a test and I will get it right. Then Jude 1:24 came to my mind. There must be a way to circumvent this repeated behavior. I asked the Lord for help and He gave me the answer. Claim this promise!! He is able to keep us, from destroying ourselves with guilt and fear. Don’t wait to get into deep despair, press close to Him and tell Him your problems. The world we live in is becoming increasingly dangerous. Time is growing short. We need to learn this lesson right now while Jesus lingers. He has such a glorious future waiting for His people who learn to trust Him as gold refined in the fire.