For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted:
Neither has He hidden His face from him:
But when he cried to Him for help, He heard. – Psalm 22:24
A mom told me of her six-year-old daughter who once stubbornly insisted she was going to walk three miles to spend the night with an aunt. Sensing the child’s determination, the mom decided to “permit” it. So suitcase in hand, the little six year-old set out. As soon as she was gone, her mother followed by car, watching the journey unfold. The little girl turned all the right corners and safely crossed streets. But halfway there, she suddenly walked up to a house and knocked! The mom immediately pulled in and walked up to the door, just as a stranger answered.
Later the daughter explained. She’d felt brave for the first mile but began to fear the coming highway, a four-lane road with traffic lights. Terrified, she decided to ask a stranger to call her mom. Stubbornness had evaporated.
But Mom was already there! In fact her mother had never left and had always been there. All the girl needed to do was admit she needed help, and Mom was ready to answer. The adventurer gladly got into the car with her mother, and they drove to her aunt’s house so she could spend the night.
On our trip of life, God knows the dangers. Genesis explains that problems entered the world because of our rebellion. Yet God never forgets us, and He always hears our cry, ready to rescue. As in today’s verse, He is the ever-present Father, waiting for us to make a call to Him.
Cornerstone Community Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
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