It says in the Bible:
“But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.”
When all else fails who or what can you turn to? Don’t we always end up on our knees crying out to the Lord for help? So if we always end up crying out to the Lord why don’t we start there? Why do we always wait so long before we call upon the Lord?
It says in Psalm 18:6
“But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.”
Somehow we as human beings wait until we are completely desperate before we cry out to God. But I think the sign of a mature Christian is someone who has learned to worship God all the time and call upon His name continuously.
Listen to what the apostle Paul said about praying to God: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Paul is telling us to wake up and praise the Lord; wake up and pray to Him. As you go through your day continue praying and praising God – don’t stop. We are to be talking to God and thanking Him and praying to Him all day long. It says in Ephesians 5:19 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;…”
It says “always giving thanks for all things”. Thank God for the problems so that He can provide the answer to you. Thank God that He is there for you to provide the answer to you. Thank God in advance for the answer. Praise Him; pray to Him and thank Him.
People trust in a lot of other things but we will trust in the Lord
God is the one who saved you from you sins; He is the one who gave you new life by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the one who washed away your sins by the power of His blood and then gave you His Holy Spirit to make you a new creation in Christ; Jesus raised you from the dead because we were all dead in our sins until Jesus raised us up.
So then if Jesus was the one who raised us from the dead and gave us peace through the forgiveness of our sins then to whom should we turn to for help? Who is it that we should worship? Should we worship and follow those things that we used to do before we became Christians? Of course not. God wants us to follow Him and to worship only Him. He doesn’t want us to share our love with anyone.
Listen to what Jesus says about how we are to serve and worship Him alone.
“ A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’
If you have had your sins forgiven by the Lord Jesus Christ and have tasted the glorious salvation that He has given, then don’t turn back to do the things that you used to do before you became a Christian. We are to love Jesus Christ above anyone and anything else – including ourselves. We are to love and follow Jesus above loving our fathers and mothers, and the rest of our families. If God is calling us to go somewhere or to do something then we have to forget about what our families want to do and follow God. If we don’t follow what God wants us to do then we cannot be God follower’s of Jesus.
There is a price to pay for following Jesus. And Jesus simply asks us to count the cost before we decide to follow Him. We must love Jesus more than we love anyone or anything else in this world.