Have you read the story of Jesus asleep in a boat with His panicking disciples during a raging storm? They woke Him in desperation. He calmed the wind and waves and in shock and awe they said among themselves, “Who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey him?” Mark 4:41
They learned that He is son of God –the author and finisher of our faith – the only one who is God, and the only one who is capable of bringing us supernatural help, strength, and peace in times of trouble and hurt. It’s important to know that God out of His love for mankind offers supernatural help, strength of spirit, and peace. He knows that we need His supernatural comfort because we are all confronted with crisis events and disappointments within our lives that work to rob our peace, steal our hope, and drain any strength we have. Many people don’t know of the promise of His strength and peace.
It’s the reason so many people become overwhelmed with discouragement – the place the Bible sometimes calls “the pit.” Psalm 28:1 speaks of David’s cry to God in one of these troublesome times. “To you I call, O Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.” Pit here does not mean hell. It’s referring to the emotionally low place of discouragement or depression.
God doesn’t want anyone to sink or remain in this kind of place. If you knew the Lord, then you would also know that He desires to and will lift you up from this place. King David knew this and proclaimed in Psalm 40:2 “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”
Jesus desires to deliver us from these kinds of troubles. His help reaches those who believe in Him and the promise of His Word and boldly ask in faith. That is what is meant in 2 Corinthians 8:9. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.” Our richness is that we can call upon Him confidently knowing that God will take what the devil meant for evil and turn it for good. He will turn defeats into victories! First He wants to help us get our feet on solid ground. It starts by having faith and drawing strength and peace from the richness and power of the promise of His Word such as in Philippians 4:7. “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
King David understood this was God’s will, He trusted in God’s promises, and it is reflected in His prayers to the Lord. Psa 86:1-7 & 11-13 “Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me…Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may reverence your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.”
People have all sorts of funny ideas about God, about Heaven, about who they pray to, and who helps them in this life. For example, I heard someone say, “I prayed to my grandmother in Heaven and I know she has helped me a lot.” A person can believe that and maybe even draw some peace and strength from that but it’s not true and therefore will not really provide true lasting strength and peace. God does not have us pray to people in Heaven. He has not commissioned any person in Heaven – not His mother, not any of our relatives – not anyone but Himself to take on that role. Otherwise they would be playing the role of God. Acts 4:12 says, “There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of Heaven for people to call on (than Jesus) to save them.” The word “save” means to protect, heal, preserve, to help, and to help make whole. This is supernatural help and the work of God alone. To pray or cry out to anyone other than the Lord is born out of imagination is not God’s will.
Real strength and peace in hard situations is gained from learning of, praying for, and putting faith in the promises He has written to you in His Word. It’s from there that the peace that passes human understanding and strength from Him comes as revealed in Psa 85:8. “I will listen to what God the LORD will say; He promises peace to His people, His saints– but let them not return to folly (believing in myths and fables.)
Psalms 46:1 and 60:11 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble… for vain is the help of man.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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