What A Man Says
I believe that many of us can identify with what the psalmist is talking about in this passage. We have been in a situation in which we needed help and mercy and we didn’t have any other answer. We were at the end of our abilities and there was nothing else that we could do but God, in the last minute, when we cried out to Him for help, heard our plea and He came to our help. This is the foundational theme of the testimony of so many believers. The question I want us to wrestle with today though is this, what do we do afterwards?
We have all been there, you are in that difficult situation and God comes to the rescue. Through miraculous means He rescues you and then it is over and you start to move forward. Things eventually start to get back to some normal routine. What is amazing to me is how many people, how many believers, eventually will find themselves in the same place that the Lord just rescued them from! In a place of desperation once again because they failed to seek His plan and His will for their lives. I want us to specifically look at the last part of the verse for today, “I will call on him as long as I live.” These are easy words to read and even to say. Especially when you are in the middle of that trial or when He has just brought you through it. But how quickly this commitment can be forgotten. Will you truly call upon Him as long as you live? When you have a decision to make or you are facing a time of uncertainty, will you still call upon Him?
These are questions that I cannot answer for you. I can tell you however that for me, if I am honest with you, I still struggle with the temptation to try to make my own plan to solve my problems myself. What I am continuing to learn and apply to my life is that when I face these things, instead of immediately putting together a plan in my mind and executing that plan, taking time to ask, “Father, what should I do?” Such a short and easy question to ask before making a decision or a plan. But the truth is, I so often forget to simply ask. When I remember, I may not get that immediate answer or direction, but I find is that He begins to guide me in a different way and the outcome ends up being something I could not have imagined.
Today, when you face issues and questions, will you call upon Him? Will you seek His guidance and His direction concerning the issues that you are facing? Or will you continue to move forward, trying to solve them in your own strength and understanding?