About eighteen years ago we had a friend diagnosed with a terminal disease and we suggested to him that he consider what God could do. His response was, “I didn’t turn to God before I was sick and I will not be a hypocrite and turn to him now.” We don’t know about his last seconds on earth, but we can only hope he changed his mind. It was his choice.
Have you ever had one of those moments where something dangerous arises suddenly? Maybe you are witnessing a life threatening moment. You don’t even have to be involved and then those godly words come out of your mouth. You gave it no thought you just reacted to the danger or calamity by saying, “Oh My God!” Some use the phrase loosely, but we’re not referring to those moments. And yes, we are also aware that some may use some expletive here. What we are referring to is when something has gone horribly bad or it’s about to; a moment when you desperately wish you could stop time.
Interestingly enough, even someone who claims not to believe in God will call on God in those moments. Some even make promises to the living God they don’t know. I promise I’ll _____ (fill in the blank) if you bail me out this one. Soldiers in the armed forces have a saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”
Mankind has more of God in them than they wish to admit. We are made up of spirit, soul and body. In a previous blog we spoke of how God blew His breath into Adam and he became a living being or soul as some translations indicate. We saw how we all are descended from Adam (Acts 17:26).
The Bible teaches that nature screams at us about God. Romans 1:18-20 (NIV) tells us, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Go ahead and read the whole chapter.
Yep, His creation is clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, and that leaves us without excuse concerning God’s existence. Every time we step out of our home and look around us, or when we look in the mirror we should acknowledge there is a God. Our old friend that passed away did not say God does not exist. This is the reason we believe others can say there are no atheists in foxholes, or how everyone can call on God when they are in a pinch. We are wired to call out to Him when fear or desperation invades our life. Sadly not all call on His name and even more sadly many lose all hope and decide to bring an end to their life on earth. Though this is a sticky topic hiding it and not talking about it will not help others at all. There is Hope.
Acts 2:21 (NIV) “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (NIV) “for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'” Joel 2:32 (NIV) “And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.”
His Word says “everyone” in at least three different places. Some Bible versions say “whoever.” That means you are qualified to call upon the name of the Lord. It didn’t say only those who believe or that you must first believe. So don’t even think to feel like a hypocrite for making a promise while in trouble. King David, who was a man after God’s own heart, said in Psalm 66:13-14 (NLT) “Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you — yes, the sacred vows that I made when I was in deep trouble.”
Doesn’t that give you hope? We are not advocating that you live your life without Jesus and just call upon Him only when you are in trouble. And we are not saying if you are a born again Christian you will not have trouble. Rather consider the love God has toward us which He showed by sending Jesus to the cross to redeem us and by providing all the warnings, options, and outs for all of our troubles – even for those who disregard His existence. He is a good God.
So the next time you feel rushed or overwhelmed by circumstances, trials or troubles, or even danger, by all means shout it out! GOD HELP ME! Then praise Him for his amazing grace.
Fruitbearers Outreach Ministry