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Three reasons why we know God will answer.

Posted by janeteckles on April 28, 2012

By Janet Perez Eckles

I stepped out from our bedroom. “C’mon, honey,” I called out to hubby in the next room. “It’s late.”

Sometimes I need to nudge him to stop his tasks and head to bed.

After that reminder, I made a quick turn to head back in the bedroom. And with one swift swivel of my foot, I caught the door frame, jamming my toes into the wood. I heard a snap and an unpleasant crack. Intense pain shot from my toe, through my leg. Did I break it? No doubt.

While my foot throbbed, I called hubby again. “Ouch! Ouch! Quick get me some ice.”

See what we do? We run into a painful ordeal and whom do we call? The closest person to us.

And why not? We call that person because we know they’re there. We call them because we know they’ll give us comfort, understanding and loving support.

While I sat on the bed, foot elevated, with a bag of ice, something also elevated in my head—a question. Why is it that in moments of sudden pain we don’t call to God first?

In moments when we jam our heart into heartache. When we run into painful circumstances. And our security and confidence are fractured; the thought of calling on God first melts quicker than the ice on our wound.

So, amigos, let’s be real. We do need reminders. Here are three ways to be sure God is near so, with all the confidence that lines our heart, and without a trace of shyness, we can call His name and know God will answer…

1. Because we know He’s near. He said so: “He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).

2. Because of His promise that declares He’s near us. “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge…” (Psalm 91: 3-4).

3. Because through Him, we can conquer fear: “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday” (Psalm 91:5-6).

Father, I confess I relied on those around me often more than you. I trusted in my own ways to find comfort instead of looking to you. I will believe in your Word and know you are the God who will answer and restore anything that’s broken. In Jesus’s name, amen.

• What is fractured in your life?
• Have you found the comfort you need?
• Who is the person who will never fail you when pain invades your world?

Hey friends, I look to inspire you with more stories, visit me at: http://www.janetperezeckles.com.

Janet

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