Hope for the day

Do You Need Help?

There will always be times in our lives when we don’t know where to turn or what to do. Those are the times we need to turn to God and cry out for help. One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Chronicles 20:12, where a vast army is attacking Judah. King Jehoshaphat knew they had no power to defeat this army, but he knew that God could. He cried out to the Lord, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” And God came through for them and defeated the enemy in a miraculous way.

God still does miracles for those who cry out to Him in their time of need. I read two such miracles in Mark Batterson’s book “Draw the Circle.” The first was shared by General Cecil Richardson, a retired chief of chaplains for the U.S. Air Force. His wife had been telling him for years that he needed new glasses, but he ignored her. However, one Saturday morning God woke him up at 5:30 a.m. with a strong prompting to get new glasses.

He went to the nearest vision center just as it opened. He felt that he needed to tell the woman behind the counter that he was a chaplain. When he did she started trembling and tears filled her eyes. She told him that her husband was in the military, stationed overseas. She had just found out that she had cancer and didn’t know what to do. The day before she had prayed with a friend that God would send a chaplain to her, and there he was! God knows just what we need when we need it and is able to make a way to get it to us.

The other story was shared by author Ken Gaub. He and his family were traveling and decided to stop at a restaurant. His wife and children went right in while he stretched his legs. As he walked by a nearby gas station, he heard a pay phone ringing. It continued to ring and ring, so he finally decided to answer it.

The operator said, “Long distance for Ken Gaub.” In astonishment Ken couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He finally said he was Ken Gaub. Then a woman identified herself as Millie and said she needed his help. She had just written a suicide note but decided to cry out to God one last time. She had seen Ken on television and thought if she could just talk to him, he could help her.

Suddenly numbers came to her mind and she wrote them down. She wondered if God could possibly be giving her Ken Gaub’s number, so decided to try calling the number. She was shocked when he actually answered. This is the power of God to send us the help we need at the time we need it. What God did for these two women, He can also do for you. Go ahead – try Him.

Hope Ministries is a Christian counseling center, and we are here to help. If you would like to speak confidentially with someone, give us a call at 482-5300. You can read Diane’s weekly blog at www.dianesopenbook.wordpress.com

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