By Michael Guido / Home now in Heaven
HELP WHEN WE NEED IT
There is an interesting carving over a door in a hotel at the bottom of a well-climbed mountain in the Alps. It reads: If you get into trouble, ask God to help you; when you are not in trouble, cultivate His acquaintance; after He has helped you, don’t fail to thank Him.
Often when difficulties arise and we find ourselves in life-threatening situations we are quick to shout, God help me! It is the normal, natural thing to do. When tempted and troubled, when there is no time to plan and prepare, it comes automatically. We rejoice when He responds and most times express our gratitude for His being willing to rescue us. We are quick to follow the first bit of advice and often follow the last words of advice and express our gratefulness and gratitude.
It is the statement in the middle of the advice, however, that we must also practice: when not in trouble, cultivate His acquaintance. The act and art of cultivation takes time and patience and must follow certain rules if the seed is to grow and bear fruit. This cultivation involves reading God’s Word, taking time to pray, meditate and worship Him each day and being alert to opportunities to serve Him.
Prayer: We thank You, Lord, for Your availability in our times of need. But trouble us deeply until we take the time to cultivate a relationship with You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. A world famous aerial acrobat was making his way carefully across a wire high above the crowd below. Suddenly, he lost his footing and fell from his high wire to the earth below. Sitting at his bedside in the hospital, a reporter wondered what he was going to do when he recovered from his injuries.
Assuming that he would never return to his previous occupation he said, I’m sure that you will no longer do what you did before this horrible accident. You must be afraid of falling again.
You don’t understand, came the response. I did not fall because I was afraid. I fell because I hesitated. Hesitation is the number one killer in our business.
And it is the number one reason why people do not accept Christ. No one plans to perish. Many perish because they think there will be a better time or another opportunity or need. So, they hesitate.
But there is also another hesitation we Christians must always keep in mind. Some whom we know and love may perish, not because they hesitated, but because we hesitated to witness to them and extend God’s love and plan of salvation.
As Christ’s messengers we must seize the moment.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to seize every moment as though it were the last moment we have to reach out and bring others to Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (Read more…)