St. Paul wrote to the church at Rome words that speak to all the Church through the ages: "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope."
It is to that concept, that the Word of God brings encouragement to the heart of those who will believe its message, this blog is devoted.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Just Call Out His Name
Decades ago Carole King penned these lyrics:
you're down and troubled, and you need a helping hand, and nothing, nothing is
going right . . . . just call out my name, and you know wherever I am I'll come
running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is
call, and I'll be there . . . .
I doubt she was thinking about Jesus when she wrote those
words, but her lyrics came to mind as I contemplated this passage from Isaiah: Listen to me, O house of
Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from
your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you
turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will
save you. (Isaiah 46:3-4).
The Holy Spirit was speaking to Israel in
this text from Isaiah, but how easily applicable His encouragement is to the
individual Christian today. “I will never leave you or forsake you,” Jesus
promised. “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” He repeated
elsewhere in the Gospels. One cannot contemplate the Bible’s message without
coming away with a sense that God’s eye is always on the sparrow, and His eye
is even more so on you and me.
My wife and I have been young. Now we are old.
And during our nearly forty years of marriage we have walked through floods and
through fires. Life has bruised us, scratched us, and clawed us. It has taken
away our breath, and sometimes kicked us while we were down. But through those decades
of growing to know God through prayer and through His Scriptures, we could look
behind us and point to each bruise, each flood, each fire, and see where God
repeatedly bore us, lifted us, carried us, and saved us.
What the Holy Spirit said to Israel was not only and
uniquely for their encouragement. He also speaks encouragement to us in the 21st
century. When we who love Him are down and troubled, when we need a helping
hand, when nothing – nothing is going right, we can call on His name and know –
because Scripture tells us it’s so – we can always call on His name and He has
promised to carry us, to bear us, and to save us who cry out to Him for help.*