Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cry Out to the Lord

O Lord, to You I cry out; for fire has devoured the open pastures, and a flame has burned all the trees of the field.    Joel 1:19.

Where do you turn for help when it seems the whole world around you is collapsing?  Who do you cry out to?  Joel cried out to God.  When everything in the world is collapsing and falling apart, just as we see it happening right before our eyes, I hope that we have learned to cry out to the Lord.  He alone is able to help, no one else is able to deliver us.

Just like when the great multitude that was following Jesus forsook Him, Jesus turned to His disciples and asked, “Do you also want to go away?”  To which Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (Jn. 6:67, 68).

Peter realized that if they left Jesus who else would they follow?  There are really two options in life, trying to find happiness in a relationship with God or without God.  Those are our two options, and when we do choose God, the devil will try to make our life miserable in order to turn away from Him.

But the reality is that the words of eternal life, lasting happiness will only be found in Christ, everything else is just soap bubbles.  Real pretty to look at, shiny, but once you touch it, it pops and inside is nothing, emptiness. 

Are you going through some struggle, grief, pain or suffering today?  Remember my friend, the Lord is not only able to help us and deliver us, but He is also willing to come to our aid.  So let us not hesitate to come to the Lord, in fact let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).

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