To God with my voice;
And He gave ear to me.” Psalm 77:1
“This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
“For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”” Romans 10:13
I’ve struggled with just about anything and everything from A to Z and back again for as long as I can remember. I’m a struggle-r if there is such a word. I’m the weakest person I’ve ever known, the biggest sinner I’ve ever come across, and the ultimate loser when it comes to anything at all in my estimate anyway, and I’ve struggled with fear and worry more than anyone I’ve ever met. That should tell you how utterly astonishingly beautifully wonderfully and wondrously amazing the Lord Jesus Christ is.
For He has given me a love, peace, hope, and joy beyond measure, a forever relationship with Himself beyond description, and has taken an utterly broken woman and despite my ongoing struggles made me into a woman of God with a purpose beyond measure and a value in this life despite my numerous weaknesses. Speaking of Jesus, here’s what happened when I was feeling overwhelmed that day.
“Jesus, help me!” I cried in my heart. Not just once. Over and again. Until something amazing happened.
He saved me. He rescued me. He redeemed me. He pulled me up from that horrible place I had fallen into once again. He lifted me up and out of it. He refused to let me stay in it. He answered my cries!
Friend, perhaps this sounds trivial to you. But it’s not. Countless times when I’ve felt overwhelmed, I didn’t call on Jesus. I did one of two things. I fell into a heap of emotional mess and quit whatever I was doing and slid quickly down the mucky messy ugliness of discouragement, depression, anxiety, self-hatred, and the inability to do anything worthwhile for stretches of time.
Or, I pushed full steam ahead IN MY FLESH without the Lord with me instead leading the way and making a mess out of things with my self-will and hurting others around me in my desperate attempt to pull myself out of the quagmire of feeling overwhelmed. Oh, and what I mess I have made – over and again!
This time, I called on the name of the Lord. And within minutes, I was absolutely fine. My lifesaver Jesus delivered me! He set me free once again!
Friend, NO MATTER WHAT WE’RE GOING THROUGH, no matter how small, no matter how big, the Savior of this world, the ultimate lifesaver, healer, redeemer, rescuer, deliverer, forgiver, hope, peace, love, and joy, is THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! He is the one on whom we must call! His name is the name to which we must cry out! We must call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
And when we call upon His name, when we repent of our sins and place our trust in Him, moment by moment, HE HEARS AND ANSWERS OUR CRIES!
I wish I could tell you my struggles are over. But the truth is I may well struggle every day for the rest of my life. And, if I do, that’s okay. Because in my weakness the Lord makes perfect His love and His strength. And in my need the Lord shows me – and those watching me – His glory!
CRY OUT TO THE LORD! CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD! PRAY TO GOD IN JESUS’ NAME! REACH OUT YOUR HEART AND HANDS TO THE EVERLASTING ARMS OF GOD ALMIGHTY IN CHRIST! CALL UPON JESUS!
OH, HELP ME JESUS! HELP ME JESUS!
JESUS HELP ME! THANK YOU LORD!