I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.

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How magnificent is it that we have a Father whose love is so unfailing that throughout the span of the universe, the entire galaxy, He knows right where we are, what we are up against and exactly what we need. Even when it would seem that we are all alone, even when it would be that we have become weak of heart and cannot see the way before us, He still stands, ever ready, to breathe His very life and perspective into each and every moment of our lives. With such unfailing love and compassion lavished upon us in a world that is desperately lacking, why then wouldn’t we call out to God in each and every situation we face and seek out His heart, vision and perspective?  It would seem the most natural response to one who is aware of the goodness and fullness that resides within His very being. 

 “I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.” Psalm 86:7

 

Don’t you care is often the question that crosses many a mind in times of trouble, just like it did with the disciples when they were in the boat and with Martha in her reproach of Mary’s decision that day. For all things were made by Him and for Him and in Him all things find their meaning.  We desire to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are not alone and that someone truly cares.  Sometimes it does not even take a trying circumstance to bring us to this point. Sometimes it is the everyday weight of a heavy workload bearing down upon us.

 

Just as Jesus rebuked Martha in her reproach of Mary’s decision that day, so did He with the disciples on the boat. And here is the thing….He did not rebuke these people because He did not care. Quite the contrary, He has a heart filled with love and compassion that we have not yet even seen the depths of – for them and for us. What He addressed, what He rebuked in those encounters was a spirit of unbelief that was attempting to take root within the soil of their hearts.

 

Do we choose to believe that God is who He says He is? Do we agree and partner with the word He speaks over our lives? Does it take root deep, down within us?  Or when the times of trial come does that seed merely get blown out upon the wind? Do we forget that Jesus is riding the wave with us and His voice and very word can still even the most insurmountable force; this Jesus Christ who lives within you.    

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