“I Called upon the Lord”

Josh WannerDevotions

In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. – Psalm 18:6

Imagine yourself in the middle of the ocean with no hope.  You have tried everything to get help and there is none.  Then in the distance you see an island.  What a relief!  Now there is hope!  What you did not expect is now reality – your island of last resort!

Sometimes people see God as our island of last resort.  We try to be happy, to make others accept us, to heal our disease, to reconcile a relationship – but we just can’t do it.  Then, when all else fails, we attempt to get help from God.  He becomes our last resort.  In war times, that reaction was called a “fox-hole” conversion.  Our situation was hopeless, so we turned to God.

That is good, but it is often too late.  We ignore God and His goodness until the last resort.  Then, not really expecting Him to help, we try anyway.  An unbeliever’s prayer is not really a prayer.  But our God is a loving God and may help even those who have never believed in Him until that moment of desperation.

God is more willing to listen and to help than we are to ask.  He knows our needs and sorrows.  He wants to help us, but He wants us to ask.  That way we acknowledge Him as our all-powerful God Who will come to our aid, no matter how impossible our need.  Then we can recognize from where our help comes.

Too often God is our last resort in prayer, when He needs to be our first resort in every need.  Rather than a distant island in a vast ocean, our loving God is more like a luxurious resort available to us at no cost except His own.  To provide everlasting help to us, He gave His own Son to die on the cross so that we could receive the help we need to spend eternity in joy with Him.

Prayer: Dear God, let us make you our first resort in every trouble or need, rather than our last resort.  We know you will listen and provide whatever we need, according to Your good and gracious will.  Thank You!   Amen.

Contributed by Carl Moser

Bible Reading

Read Psalm 18 and record any insights you gain here.

Call to Connection

Reflect on prayers that still seem unanswered. Write the words of Psalm 18:6 on a sticky note today and put it in a visible place.