28 August, 2007

Crying out to God

Sometimes we feel trapped. We can't find the way forward, or we can't find the way out. There are times in our lives when we need answers. People who know God will all testify that crying out to Him will bring an answer. Not always the answer we expect, but always one that ultimately brings good.

Crying out to God tells Him that you are ready to tackle the situation His way now. It shows that you recognise His greatness; that He is Lord. It is the point of surrender. The moment when we allow Him to take the reins in a situation.

Crying out to God can be a simple expressive cry or a long emotional outburst! Whatever the cry, remember that in the calm after the storm, He will comfort and He will speak. Depressed and discouraged, Elijah heard the still small voice of God as He hid, a refugee from the infamous Queen Jezebel. Hannah sobbed and cried out to God in the temple before Eli the priest came and spoke right into her situation. And Jeremiah sat in prison when God came to him and spoke:
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." (Jeremiah 33.3)

Crisis points are good for us. They remind us who really has control. They teach us so much about God and ourselves. But you don't have to wait for a crisis...

When was the last time you cried out to Jesus?