Hour of need comes in everyone's life; often a time of great stress and anxiousness. It is an hour in which some give up because their hope lies only in what this world has to offer. You may be at such a point in your own life and do not realize who your greatest benefactor is.
There is a hope that goes far beyond this world's capability. Such was spelled out in a synagogue on the Sabbath day in the reading of God's Word:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are oppressed" (Luke 4:18).
To those who are in an hour of need these are words of hope; if one believes in the one who delivered those words! This person closed the book and said: "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:20-21).
Jesus was ministering in Nazareth where he had been brought up. He was proclaiming a prophecy given in the Book of Isaiah concerning Himself. It was unfortunate that those who heard such a blessed promise failed to believe. All those in attendance could perceive was that He was Joseph's son, the son of a carpenter; and they became angry and attempted to do away with Him.
We have those today who continue to reject the very one who is able, and willing, to help them in their hour of need. If they could only believe that He died on the Cross. That through His death, burial, and resurrection, one has hope far beyond what this world can offer!
When His disciples were in the midst of a storm; He brought peace of mind to those in the ship who thought that they were about to perish. Jesus simply spoke the words: "Peace, be still" and the wind ceased, and there came a great calm (Mark 4:39).
Many seek to find an escape from what is troubling them through alcohol, drugs, or some other means, which only escalates the problem they seek to escape from (Proverbs 23:29-35).
The solution to one's hour of need is not in a temporary fix but of a long-lasting; or final deliverance, from the dilemma they find themselves in. Scripture points the way: Seek the Lord, in the hope that they might find him, though he be not far from every one of us (Acts 17:27).
The one who is able to quell the storms of life; the Lord Jesus Christ, is desirous that you place your trust and faith in Him to perform, according to His Word, the need that is in your life!
It was recently reported that more than 90,000 Christians around the globe have lost their lives in the past year. Yet many testimonies reveal a peace found in their hour of need. Jesus spoke of a time that they shall deliver you (the believer) up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and you shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:9-13).
One's personal loyalty and devotion should be to love God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, first and foremost. Then in one's hour of need there can come a peace; an assurance of His presence, that far exceeds anything this world has to offer. He can calm the storm in one's life and bring a peace that only He can provide.
Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Scripture tells us that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:8).
The 23rd Psalm has been a favorite of God's people through the ages and with due reason: it expresses clearly that God is our protector and provider in life. The Lord is compared to a shepherd and the believer as His sheep.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in pastures of tender green grass; he leads me beside the waters of rest. He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for you are with me."
The writer of the psalm knew what an hour of need was! He knew of God's delivering power; as well as His divine forgiveness in moments of weakness. He will, if allowed, do the same in any individual's life who will call upon Him!
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