Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Cry Out to the Lord and be Saved

on August 25, 2013

“Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.” Psalm 107:19

God never promised we wouldn’t have trouble in this life. In fact, He assured us we would. Life is brutal. The enemy is pacing the doors of our home waiting to pounce on us at every opportunity. Temptation and sin abounds in our land and it is no doubt becoming like the days of Noah before the flood. As the final times approach, we are faced with every trial and challenge one could imagine, and we suffer. We feel the weight of the burden on our shoulders. We experience loss, mourning, poverty and persecution. We weep.

I’ve experienced pain too. I’ve struggled with health issues and financial challenges. I know the pain of infertility. I have lost my share of loved ones. I’ve been touched by depression and grief that only the Lord God could have pulled me out of. Why do I share this? I want to encourage you that, as Christians, it’s okay NOT to be okay sometimes. It’s okay to struggle and to experience sadness. We can weep. Jesus wept for the death of Lazarus, and He knew the big picture and that He would resurrect his friend. God does not expect us to be untouched by the pain of this world. What He expects is for us to cry out to Him in our distress and He promises salvation.

God knows we are weak. He knows we will struggle and go through pain. He gives us permission to cry out to Him. Crying out is an urgent, heart-filled cry for help like a child does in the middle of the night when she has a bad dream. She cries out for her parents to help her and good parents run to their child, embracing her, wiping away her tears and settling her down. That’s what God does. He holds us in His arms, whispers encouragement and brings salvation. He may not remove all of the challenges, but He gives us strength to make it through the trials. He will even give us joy and peace amidst the storms of this life.

While pain is very real, and we are by no means safe from its reach, we have a blessed hope. We know that when we cry out, our God will save us. He will replace mourning with dancing. He will carry us through the fire. Cry out to Him. Cry out!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

 

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