By Marni Montanez
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.
What “day” do they mean?
This day could be any day and any moment.
The implication is that we could cry out to God anytime and He would hear and answer us without pause.
God is always ready and willing to rescue us from our troubles and pain.
Remember Peter and how Jesus immediately took hold of him when he was sinking in the water? In a moment Peter turned away from Jesus and looked at the crashing waves causing him to sink in doubt and fear. He took his eyes off of the one who could empower him.
Do you find that you do the same thing? When there is trouble or you’re going through something uncomfortable; do you have the tendency to try and find an escape from those painful or frightening emotions through means other than God? The problem is not in the needing help or comfort. The problem is in not seeking God first for help or comfort.
Many times we reach for the remote control or head for the kitchen to eat away our pain. Some of us shop until we feel better or over exercise. There are more than a thousand ways to avoid or escape the situation. But these are only temporary fixes. They are not designed to last. God’s comfort is available and is designed to last forever.
We can be assured that God is always near, and He longs for us to run to Him for anything and everything.
He is giving us a promise here that only He can fulfill and accomplish. Only God can touch the deepest part of us that is afraid or suffering. He dwells within and ministers to our soul in ways no one else can; a soul that is damaged and weak. He gives us the strength and the boldness to go forward and do what He created us to do
Challenge: Before you pick up that remote control or eat that bowl of ice cream for comfort, drop to your knees and lift your head up to God. Ask Him for help.
He longs to hear you cry out to Him
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.