Search for Help in the Right Place (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 200)
Matthew 14:29-30 (NLT)
“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
We turn on the news and deafen our ears to the 53 people killed in some country we’ve never been to. The pain of someone else seems so far away until it happens to us. The phone rings and a crying voice is on the other end telling you of a loss or tragedy someone has just encountered. When pain hits home, it can stop us in our tracks and cause us to really pay attention.
Bad news, tragedy, and suffering all cause us to look for help. While most people look for the help of others, as believers we can look for the help of God. When we look for help in the right place, we find out that God is right there ready to hear our urgent need. Both faith and humility are needed to cry out to God like Peter did and actually admit we don’t understand and we need help.
Calling on God with urgency is God’s way of helping us to lay down our pride and self-dependency and learn to trust in Him. Scripture tells us that God hears us when we cry out to him and he responds to our requests. When we call out to him, we invite his power and strength into our situation. Sometimes, he will answer immediately, but other times we will need to wait for his time and plan. Even in waiting, we can be confident in his presence that allows us to live with hope in the midst of trouble.
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
— Frederick Buechner