God Answers the Call by Pastor B D Stanford
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
There is not a Christian believer who doesn’t want God to speak. I have said many times, If the Lord would jut speak to me and tell what I should do I would do it. We are hungry for God’s Word of direction and comfort. Our cry to Him is Just speak, Lord! Most all of us as believers, get so desperate we would do almost anything to hear our Lord speak. I have finally come to the conclusion we must seek Him as our life depends on it. Many times we get to the place our life truly depends on His voice. I believe we must be desperate in order to truly hear from God. The prophet Jeremiah proclaims these words, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee.” What a promise, the very God of all creation makes a promise to the us that if we call on Him, He will answer. Not maybe, or sometime, but He will answer! I must be the one that initiates the call, but He is the One that answers. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:12, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” He did not say we would be rich that call upon God but that the Lord is rich or gives exceeding abundantly unto every one that humbles them self and calls on the Lord. Yes, it takes humility. Why? Because we have a tendency to seek every way possible to solve our own problems in our own strength using own intellect and our experience and gifts. There will come a time when all those sorts of measures run out and we are left alone to our self with no other place to go but to God for the answer. We must come to the end of our self and see there is no way out and no solution and no help. Then, with an humble and contrite heart we call unto Him, and He answers! He will answer! In verse 13 of Romans 10 the Apostle Paul says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Are you a “whosoever?” As a believer, you must spend time with the Lord in prayer, in reading and study of His Word. That is how your relationship is built. You are not alone in your dilemma. Stop looking for “other” solutions in life. If you are a Christian believer, your help and your hope and your solution is with your Lord! Philosophy, self helps, emotion and mental how-to books, so-called Christian counseling, and even humanistic and new-age practices have replaced seeking the Lord in the Church of Jesus Christ. Where are we as the Church in the 21st century? We have moved away from God and replaced Him with modern methods and solutions of solving problems instead of calling on Him and seeing Him as our only Source and our only Help in time of need. If you have fallen into these “other” methods, repent now! You are headed down a dead end road to destruction! If you have made Jesus Lord of your life, keep Him there as Lord and don’t replace Him with any thing or any one! Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Your help is at God's throne of grace and not in the world. Come to Him and call upon Him and He alone with give you mercy and grace in your time of need. He will speak and He will show you “great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” I have known Christians that felt guilty to call upon God every time they have a crisis, because they don’t have that intimate relationship with Him. That can be solved very easily. Begin your relationship now with Him. Talk to Him as you would talk to your spouse or a good friend but always remember to show great reverence and respect to Him. In I Chronicles 29:11-12 king David prays these words, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven ad in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” This prayer goes on, but I want you to see David’s reverence and awe toward God. This is a way to come to God and lay out your love and adoration to Him and call for help. When we call upon Him and tell him our problem and our need we are to listen for Him to speak. The Lord does not speak, most of the time, with an audible voice, but He speaks in a still small voice. He impresses on our heart and spirit deep within the next move or direction or the solution. He knows the end from the beginning and He will share the next step we are to take. Note, I said next step. He usually does not reveal the entire journey but one step at a time.
This is a great privilege and honour that is granted to the believer. We can call on the creator of heaven and earth, the Omnipotent Potentate of all life and living, the Master and Saviour Jesus Christ for help and direction and comfort. Psalm 91:15 says, “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” This is our daily action our daily routine! You must dedicate and consecrate your call to Him and He will be with you in trouble and He will deliver you! Not some time or maybe, but He will deliver you every time! When you are delivered, then glorify Him! Don’t fall into the horrible trap of the enemy in going on and get busy and neglect to give Him all glory and all honour! Your testimony of God’s total and complete salvation is built every time you go through a crisis and come out on the other side victorious. Always be thankful and give Him Glory! Psalm 50:14-15 says, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
Blessed be the Rock of our Salvation! All glory to Jesus Christ!
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