Psalm 34;17-19 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
I’m so thankful this morning that I belong to a God who hears my cries for help and runs to my rescue. Trouble comes to all of us at one time or another, but those who don’t know Jesus don’t have the help that they need when they encounter difficulties. They are limited to their own abilities to deliver themselves out of their crisis. But, the ones who know Jesus have the help that they need; the One who knows all, sees all and is all-powerful. He is our God; He will deliver us from all our troubles.
Jeremiah 32:17, 26 ‘Ah, LORD GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you.’ “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?”
There is nothing too difficult for our God. He holds the answers to all our problems. He understands our limitations, and He longs to give us the understanding that we need to know what to do in each problem that we encounter.
Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
God promised Jeremiah that if he would call out to Him, not only would He answer him, but He would show him great and mighty things that he did not know. The word “mighty” is also translated as “unsearchable” or “fortified”. These are things that cannot be known by man’s intelligence, but can only be revealed by the Lord as we call upon Him. The idea in this verse is that if Jeremiah will call upon God, He will reveal insight that only He knows; that He would give Jeremiah the keys to the wisdom of God, revealing to Him things that otherwise would be inaccessible or isolated. This type of “revelational insight” is necessary to know how to pray effectively, how to have clear understanding into a situation and how to fight spiritually when you’re in a spiritual battle.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James promises that if we will ask God when we need direction or wisdom that He will give it to us liberally, or freely, without mocking or ridiculing us for asking. He is not withholding the help that we need; we simply have to seek Him for it.
James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
The only requirement that we have in asking God for the help that we need is that we must ask in faith, believing that He will hear and answer our request. When we don’t have faith we become like a person tossed back and forth between hope and fear. One minute we believe that God will do what He has promised in answering us and giving us the wisdom that we need and the next minute we fear that He will not do it. To doubt means to have a conflict with oneself in the sense of hesitating, having misgivings, being divided in decision making, or wavering between hope and fear. This person, the Bible records, is unstable in all his ways and will not receive from the Lord because of his wavering instability.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Without faith we can’t please God. Faith is what it takes to receive from God. When we come to Him we must believe that He is our God, ready and willing to give us the help that we need. We also must believe that He rewards us when we diligently seek Him.
God is not withholding anything from us. His grace is all-sufficient, holding everything that we need, ready to be released to us as we exercise our faith to receive it. I like to think of it this way: grace is like a big bag holding what we need and the cord that releases the opening to the bag is our faith. When the faith cord is pulled the contents of what we need is opened, releasing it to us.
What do you need wisdom, direction, or understanding about today? Have you asked the Lord for it? He is ready to release it to you if you will come to Him in faith and receive.
Father, I thank You that when I call unto You, You are right there to help me. Thank You for Your grace that supplies my every need. Thank You for Your wisdom that gives me the direction to take when I am wandering around trying to find my way. Thank You for Your understanding and willingness to deliver me from all my afflictions. Father, I pray for those who may be struggling today, trying to find their way out of some type of dilemma. I ask You to direct them by Your Spirit within; that You would help them and deliver them from their problems. Thank You for giving us the help that we need. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.