When I am upset or things don’t go my way, who is the first person I call? I would like to say God, but it’s usually one of my friends. While I love my friends, and am grateful that God has placed them in my life, I wonder why I don’t immediately turn to the One who knows my heart’s desires. The One who knows my every thought. The One who can comfort me in time of need.
Question: Why is He the last Person on my list to contact in my time of need?
Answer: Lack of faith and trust. Lack of faith that God won’t hear me. Fear that God won’t answer my questions the way I want Him to answer.
Solution: Spend quality time in His presence.
Why is it so easy for me to call up a friend and pour out all my problems to them? Because they understand me and know me. I spend quality time with them, giving them access to my real emotions and feelings.
The Creator of this universe, our Savior, our Friend, and Comfort at all times knows our deepest needs. He knows our heart’s desires and He is here to listen when we call. In the book of Genesis we see that God Himself, promised to make Abraham into a great nation. Genesis 12:7, is when God appeared to him, promising him an offspring, through which this great nation would come. Years later, in Genesis 15, we see Abram (Abraham) pleading with the God of the Universe saying, “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless..” (15:2). Abraham was not afraid to be real with God. In his time of trouble, Abram turned to God, not to man. He reasoned with God and poured out his desires to his true Friend.
Abraham had a personal relationship with God. He looked to Him for guidance and comfort. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for Abraham to fully trust that God would provide him with a son at such an old age? Do you often worry about how God will provide for you and your family in times of need?
What was Abraham’s solution? He trusted and obeyed. In his time of trouble and concern, he pleaded with God and then followed with immediate obedience to God’s Word (Genesis 15: 9-10).
Like Abraham, we should intentionally seek out a personal relationship with our Savior. The deepest desires of our hearts can only be satisfied by having a real friendship with Jesus Christ. To know God is to fully trust and obey Him. Trust Him in EVERY aspect of your life. That is what Abraham did. God honored His Word with Abraham, and He will do the same with us.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Familiar verse? It is for me, but what really catches my attention are the following verses:
“Then you will call upon Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Abraham called out to God AND He answered. Can I say the same for myself? Have I truly sought after God with my whole heart? Abraham did! What’s holding us back from doing the same? God answered Abraham even when he doubted God’s promises. Our Father is calling us to seek after Him with all that we have. He wants us to call out to Him and find comfort in His presence.
Our God knows our shortcomings. He knows that we will fall. He knows that we will make mistakes, but He also knows that His promises will always remain true. He is always there to pick us up and carry us through our trials. The Music Team wrote that there is “NOTHING in life that can hold us back from Him.” God is longing to have a relationship with us. The more time we spend with Him, the more He begins to reveal His Character to us. His promises are based on His Character, not our own.
Our Father’s promises are true and eternal. He has poured out His grace to us ALL, and He is eagerly waiting on us to CALL HIM.
So in times of trouble, who are you gonna call?