“Christ Answers, Leading Lovingly! (C.A.L.L)”
Ramesh C. Reddy
Editors Note: This devotional was
originally published in PS in August 2002. It is being
published as is except for formatting.
“In the day of my
trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.” (Psalm 86:7)
I learned the confidence the Psalmist had in the Lord after
reading this verse. He lets the Lord know that when he is troubled,
for the Lord to expect a call from him. Not only that, but he lets
the Lord also know he believes the Lord will answer him as evidenced
by ‘you will answer’ referring to the Lord.
Reading this verse made me think about the telephone. When
people are in danger of trouble, they usually call 911 and expect an
answer from the police station for they believe the police are there
to ‘serve and protect’. There is nothing wrong with that. In this
situation a real physical phone system has to be used to contact the
Some call their friends and family members and expect them
to answer their call for help. Usually, there could be telephone
charges, surcharges, telephone card hassles, and even long-distance
charges such as if a student runs out of money and calls mommy or
daddy for money as an example or if someone is so drunk they have to
use the telephone to make a call.
What is exciting is that’s not the case when we place a call
to the Lord. There is no hassle of pressing the right buttons, no
need for telephone cards, long-distances charges and surcharges, or
looking for the right change. Instead, all that is needed is a
willing spirit to trust and place a call to the Lord using our voice
whether it is out loud or silently in our mind.
There is another significant concept I learned here. People
may just shout to call for help using their voice and usually people
around them could answer unless they are so ingrained with bystander
When it comes to the Lord, the Psalmist believes confidently
to receive an answer when he places a call to Heaven. He does not
expect an answering machine to pick up and hear, “Sorry, I am not
available right now so please leave a message and I will get back to
On the contrary, when it comes to the Lord he tells the Lord
that he is already expecting an answer and that’s why in his trouble
he seeks after the Lord.
I found important implications for our own lives here. When
we do call on the Lord, He is never busy to put us on hold but
always available. He will respond to our call no matter how many
times we call Him and He can answer us.
I believe the Lord’s answer comes in 3 ways:
1. Yes, I will take care of it for you now.
2. No, but I will give you the strength to endure through
3. Wait, for me and trust in me to get you through this and
have patience for in my timing things will be resolved.
The Psalmist knew that in his troubles he could always
depend and rely on the Lord. He does not expect not to have any
troubles but amidst the trouble to have the Lord help him.
I ask you now dear friends, when do you place a call?
Dear friend, when things are going well it is so easy to
place tons of calls to the Lord to praise Him and thank Him. We may
not even expect the Lord to let us know that ‘we are welcome’. In
our jubilation, we just want to call on the Lord and raise our
praises to Him.
But, what about when we have days of
trouble? Then what? In
my own life, it has been so easy to call on the Lord and praise Him
when things were going my way and I was happy. It has been much more
difficult to call on the Lord when I am troubled. But our praises
should inhabit the Lord always and I have faltered on that :(
Rather, I have had the tendency to try to fix stuff myself
but usually I miserably fail. I don’t drink but I have used other
escape mechanisms in my troubles such as ‘isolating myself from
people and the church community’, ‘hitting the sack and trying to
sleep away the trouble, watching TV like a couch potato, and eating
whatever edible food I could find in front of me if it is mine.
Doing all these things becomes harmful in the long run and
just shoves the trouble under the rug for the time being. When stuff
is shoved under a rug, it will still be there. On the surface
everything will look clean but under the surface when the rug is
kicked or moved all that yucky stuff surfaces!
It has not disappeared and then people may put a call to
professional cleaners to come and clean that stuff. If they had done
it before shoving it, it would have been a lot easier.
Sadly, we all can have a tendency to either shove the
problems we have under or try to handle them our way. In the end, we
may realize that we cannot handle it on our own and then go to a
professional. In many cases, people going to the Lord for help as a
last resort who is the Master Professional!
What has happened here for us?
Placing a call to the Lord became a
last resort and most of the damage has already been done because in
our puny minds we thought we could handle our own troubles without
any help. But, then we realized we did need help.
Friend, I learned to call on the
Lord should never be our last resort but always our first resort.
This past Sunday stuff happened that I was very disappointed and
troubled. Instead, rather than pouring out my heart to the Lord, I
made the mistake of hitting the sack and trying to sleep it away.
It did not help a bit when I woke up.
What was troubling me was still there.
You know what did help out?
When I woke up, I said to myself, “I
need to trust in the Lord no matter what happens and turn my
troubles into prayer to the Lord.”
That is what I did and I was helped tremendously. How much
agony and grief I would have spared if I had done that from the
beginning! I would have even saved valuable time.
You know as my thoughts turned to the Lord, He brought to my
mind what He had taught me from the ‘Parable of the Talents’. I felt
little better. Then today, I was able to meet with my pastor and the
Lord helped me see the situation in a different light from my
pastor’s perspective. I did feel much better.
My pastor’s advice supplemented the
verse I learned today, “In
my day of trouble I will call to you and you will answer me.”
I said to myself if the Psalmist can do that and is doing
that, I am going to do that too and have confidence in the Lord.
So friend, don’t wait to call on the
Lord in the last minute but may you keep your thoughts on the Lord
during the times of joy and in anticipation of trouble for He wants
to hear from you. He loves you so much and wants to help you. Won’t
you come to Him right now with whatever you are going through and
call Him. You don’t need any numbers, any cards, any wiring but just
your heart seeking after the Lord. The Lord promises in Jeremiah 29
you seek after Him, you will find Him. Yes,
you will! Oh yes, the Lord wants to help you very much.
No matter what the issue is whether
it is academic, relational, career, family oriented, etc, the Lord
waits for your call to talk to Him. Isn’t
that exciting that someone waits for you to listen to you and answer
is the Lord and wants to be your Lord and Personal Savior if you
allow Him to.
"Christ Answers, Leading Lovingly!
(C.A.L.L)/”How do you handle your call?”
May you make this your prayer:
Dear Jesus, I read that the Psalmist had so much confidence
in you that he was able to tell you that in his day of trouble he
will call you and you will answer him. Jesus, I want to have that
same confidence in you. Lord, it has not been easy when things have
gone wrong. There are times I have tried to fix it on my own and
used you as a last resort. I would fail anyway. I am sorry that I
don’t come to you first always with my problems and many times try
to shove them under the rug. But, that creates more mess and then I
expect you to come and clean it up. I want to say I am so thankful
for your grace for when I have done that too, in your mercy you have
come and rescued me and cleaned stuff up in my life. Thank you
Jesus. I love you Jesus. Help us to always call on you Jesus. Thank
you for answering us in your loving way. We know when we do get an
answer from you, it is for our good. For you promise us in your Word
in Jeremiah 29:11-13 that you know the plans you have for us and
they are plans for good and not for evil, to give us a future and a
hope. Also, when we seek after you, we will find you. Thank you we
can call you anytime Jesus during the 24-hrs of the day. That is
exciting! And Lord, please help us to be receptive to take the help
you provide from your community. I thank you for those you have
given us to help us in our days of trouble. I pray right now for the
one who is dealing with troubles in their own lives. You know all
our troubles and please be patient with those who don’t come to you
right away. I thank you that in your love you wait for us. Thank you
for hearing us and answering us Jesus. I acknowledge you as my Lord
and personal Savior. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
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