Andy Hollifield 6-10-18
Psalms 46:1 “…God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalms 107:6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
Psalms 107:13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
Psalms 107:28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
When we have an emergency such as a life threatening situation or someone has us in fear for our lives or we are physically hurt, We call 911. This year is the 50th anniversary of America’s 911 systems. They will immediately ask “Do you need police, fire, or ambulance?” Then, before they talk about anything else, they dispatch the help that you need. A lot of variables such as weather, traffic, and location can determine how long it takes your help to arrive. Unfortunately, there are times when the help you need doesn’t arrive in time. This is not the case when you have the Lord living in your heart and you call upon him. He is always right on time and he has never lost a case. There are quite a few instances in the bible that where Jesus gave immediate help on the scene. As a matter of fact, almost everyone we read about in the bible that ever came to Jesus and called out to him, had some kind of trouble in their life that they couldn’t resolve. There was one time that Jesus was accused of being late and another time when he was accused of being early.
The word trouble is in the bible 110 times and “distress” is found 33 times. Both of these words apply in John 11. In that chapter, Jesus’ friend Lazarus was bad sick and when Jesus got word of it, he stayed where he was for two more days. The next word he received was that Lazarus had died. By the time Jesus got to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead four days and had already been placed in a tomb. When Jesus arrived, before he even got to the house or cemetary he was accused by Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, of being late and they blamed him for Lazarus’ death. They said “If thou hadst been here, my brother had not died (33). Lazarus had been in trouble when he was sick, but now his sisters were in distress because they believed that nothing could be changed. To make a long story short, Jesus could have come when he first received word, but if he had of come and healed him, God wouldn’t have been glorified by his resurrection.
Mary and Martha knew who they needed to contact in case of an emergency. There was another time in Luke 8:28 that a bunch of devils asked him if he was coming early to torment them. The devil knows that he will one day suffer the unbridled wrath of God and his judgment day is coming. This took place when Jesus crossed the sea to the country of the Gadarenes. A man who had been possessed a long time with a multitude of devils immediately met Jesus when he got off of the ship. This man lived among the tombs and could be heard crying out day and night while cutting himself with stones. They had caught the man often and bound him with fetters and chains but to no avail. He was in a sad shape but the devils inside him knew Jesus and knew that he would cast them out of the man. They asked him to allow them to go into a herd of swine feeding nearby. Jesus did and the whole herd ran violently down a steep hill and choked in the sea. The end result was that the man was found at Jesus feet, clothed and in his right mind. Jesus may have shown up too early to suit the devils but I am sure it was right on time for the man they were cast out of.
What about you? Who do you call on when an emergency happens? When things in your life seem to be flying apart, who is your go-to person. We should be able to call on the Lord immediately. If we are living close to God like we should, we won’t have to depend on someone else when an emergency happens. Our emergency contact should be the Lord. We should always keep ourselves prayed up and in good condition spiritually so that we are able to respond immediately through prayer. That is exactly why we have the 911 system. So we will have a number to call so we can receive the helping that we need immediately in times of crisis. We should be able to call on Jesus without having to do a lot of repenting. If it was you, or a family member, or even just someone you had heard something about in a crisis, you need to be able to reach help then. A crisis or emergency will not wait until you get finished repenting. Someone’s well-being or maybe even their life is depending on prayer and we need to be able to be a first responder and talk to the Lord. We would all want someone to be standing ready in our time of crisis. Who is your emergency contact? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!