God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
When Help Is Needed
When was your greatest time of need? Was it during times of marital problems? Was it during life-threatening health issues? What about times of great financial upheaval? Maybe you need His help right now. We all need help from time to time; and in the very serious issues of life when it seems that only a miracle can help us, we must turn to the God of the supernatural. God rules the universe, but He also overrules the natural laws when those of us need His intervention the most. These are times when God loves to make Himself known as the Mighty God and show Himself strong and the God Who delivers us from all of our troubles. God’s Word says that when He hears the righteous cry out, He will deliver them from all of their troubles (Psalm 34:17); and even when the righteous are afflicted, He delivers them out of it (Psalm 34:19). The psalmist declares time and time again that He delivered him from all of his fears (Psalm 34:4).
Falling Many Times
This time we turn to Solomon. He says that even if we fall seven times, God is there each and every time to pick us up (Proverbs 24:16); and how far we fall. Sometimes it seems down to the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20). Even the poor call out to Him, and He rescues them (Psalm 34:6). Can you think of a time when He wouldn’t help you? God says that He will deliver the righteous; and if someone has repented and put his trust in Him, He sees him as having Jesus’ own righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). So if one of those He has declared righteous needs help, He will deliver him. He never promises that it will be in our timing, but He will be there for them just when it is needed the most.
Paul may have been the most persecuted Christian to ever have lived; and when he needed deliverance, God was there for him and rescued him from death, stoning, shipwreck, and just about everything else we could imagine (2 Timothy 3:11). Even at a time when everyone else had abandoned him, the Lord Himself stood by him (2 Timothy 4:17). Paul was rescued from every evil deed, even the lion’s mouth, to bring him safely into the kingdom (2 Timothy 4:17). Many a present-day Christian martyr has died, some having even been beheaded; and they cried out to Jesus just before their death. These also will He bring safely home to the Lord (Romans 8:38-39). When you need Him, He is there.
A Closing Prayer
Great God in heaven, thank You for Your promise to be my present help in my times of need and that You never forsake me and will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5). When I reach a time when I will need Your help, thank You for being there for me. I know You will deliver on Your promise, and for that I thank You, in Jesus’ name.
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