What can we do when we are in desperate situations? Can we call on God? Can we depend on God? Can we trust in God?
These are sobering times that we live in today. Many people have lost jobs and can’t find one. Others are underemployed and are just barely making it. The unemployment rate is soaring, the stock market is highly volatile, and famine is spreading worldwide. Families are losing their homes due to failed mortgages. There are severe droughts, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and tornadoes. And with turmoil going on in the world people are becoming desperate; even the people of God. What can we do when our backs are against the wall and we have no where to turn and we are in serious trouble?
God actually desires that we be utterly dependent upon Him and that we are in desperate need of His help. Think of a human father. What good father would not want his children to turn to him when they need help? Naturally, a father loves it when his children come to him to seek help. There is something special about having someone there for you. God is this true source and He is more reliable than any human father or mother.
God Says Call on Me For Help
God truly loves those that are His. He loves you! Listen to what God says for those who are in desperate situations and what He promises when they call upon Him:
Psalm 50:15 “and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 145:18-20 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.”
Isaiah 41:17 “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”
Isaiah 55:1, 3 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.”
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
God Says You Can Depend On Me
God wants us to depend on Him and not rely on ourselves. God is our Father and we are His children. Children can not make it in this world without their parents. How much more so can we not make it without the help of our Heavenly Father? If we try to solve our problems by our self then we can really do nothing to ultimately solve them. God is actually more glorified in our weakness because by His strength He is able to display His might. He stands ever ready, able, and willing to help us when we really need it but we must first acknowledge of our need for His help. We truly find freedom from worry when we learn to depend upon God. Read for yourself:
John 15:5 ““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. “
Matthew 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
Matthew 6:30-31 “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?”
Romans 4:20-21 “Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
God Says You Can Trust in Me
Our money says “In God We Trust” but it is hard to trust when everything seems to be caving in around us. Nothing looks like it will turn out right. At times there is no evidence that God is even with us so how can we trust in Him during calamitous times? In reality, we can sometimes not even trust our eyes…but if there is anything in this universe you can trust, it is God Almighty. It is the invisible hand that is placed in ours that never lets go. Like a parent holding their child‘s hand, God is securely caring for us, never letting us slip or fall:
Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”
Proverbs 28:26 “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”
Jeremiah 17:5-7 “This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.”
Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
2 Corinthians 1:20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
2 Peter 1:4a “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature.”
1 Chronicles 28:20 “David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”
When everything seems to be falling in around us, when the walls seem to be closing in on us, when nothing in our world or in this world seems to hold any hope, when everything looks completely hopeless, just remember that God is not ever caught by surprise. He will save those who are His from calamity (Heb 7:25). He isn’t ever going to abandon us, forsake us, or leave us. If you are not one of His then you do not have such hope nor can you claim any of His mighty promises. I pray right now that you seek Him because anyone who seeks Him He has said He can be found. As it is written in Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Second Corinthians 6:2 says, “For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” Tomorrow may be too late but it not too late right now to put your complete trust in Him, to depend on Him, to call on Him. This is my prayer for you. Please contact us if you make such a decision.
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