I decided to share my two lessons from the day’s reading: Psalm 46 and Galatians 1
Psalm 46: 1
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
The other day, I was to sit for a philosophy exam. Naturally, I am a born philosopher, however the classes were so boring and in Russian that I was not very interested in attending them, nor was I motivated to prepare for the examination. But I really needed to take that exam so I can be motivated to continue the PhD program. When the exam day came, I had two options: ask God for favor or back out in shame and reschedule the exam.
I naturally didn’t want to pray to God for this case because I felt I hadn’t adequately done my part. While I was yet thinking about this, this scripture came to mind, “…a very present help in trouble.”
How many times should we ask for God’s help? Is there a daily or weekly limit?
No. God wants us to call unto him all day, every day. He is not weary of hearing our voice. He is ever willing to hear, ever ready to answer.
Are you in pain or confusion? Have you messed up and don’t know the way home? Call on God and let him take care of you. That’s his job really – to help you through it all and present you holy and acceptable to him at last.
He will help you to protect his name. Don’t make the job difficult by running away in shame.
Call on Jesus!
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.”
What was instructive for me was Paul’s not conferring with flesh and blood to confirm his call. Once he received the call from God, he went straight into action. Perhaps he knew that he may be judged by his past and was not ready for anyone to discourage him.
Whenever we sense a call from God, we should not confer with ‘flesh and blood.’ If we must discuss the matter with people, it must be with spirit-filled people.
Basically, Paul didn’t spend time talking too much; he did something!
God bless you.
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