It’s not uncommon for me to get texts or emails with cries for help. Like this one that came from a friend:
I am so distraught . . . I need help, I can’t do this myself. I need prayer! All I can do is say, Why God? Why?
When a friend is facing circumstances that totally paralyze her with fear and she’s drowning in a sea of terror, it’s time to send out a life boat of hope and point her to the One who can provide rescue. Here are a few things we can do to help:
Instill Courage through Life-Giving Words:
We don’t know what the immediate outcome of a tragic situation will be, but we do know this: God sees, He knows, and He cares. It is important to remind a fearful friend of this when she may be wondering where God is in all the mess of her life. I may not feel His hand or hear His voice, but He is here. He is at work, and He cares.
[box]How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still with you. (Psalm 139:17–18)[/box]
[box]So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me. (Genesis 16:13)[/box]
[box]The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. (Nahum 1:7)[/box]
Illuminate the Darkness by Shining the Light of Truth:
It helps to remind ourselves, and others, that we’ve not yet seen the rest of the story . . . we don’t know how this immediate crisis will be resolved, but we can trust that God is working to bring about His redemptive purposes. There is no greater truth to hold onto when you’re in a storm than the truth that God is sovereign and His purposes are good:
[box]And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son . . . (Romans 8:28–29)[/box]
[box]As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result . . . (Genesis 50:20)[/box]
[box]Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)[/box]
Invite the Spirit to Work:
When we are drowning in a sea of disaster, we have to remember and remind others that we can’t fix things or save ourselves—our only hope is crying out for HELP and following His directions! Ask God to be your help in time of need, invite Him to lead you through the storm:
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE . . .
[box]Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me. (Psalm 50:15)[/box]
[box]Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)[/box]
Find your rest, security and comfort in knowing the great I AM:
The answer to resting in the midst of chaos and confusion is to look beyond the storm—to the One who alone can calm storms; to see beyond the darkness—to the One who is the Light of the world, and to rest in His power and ability to work and bring deliverance. When you focus, fix your eyes on Him, you will find courage to walk through any fire with Him, enter any dark valley, because you know the power of the great I AM and in Him there is safety.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear . . .
[box]Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Psalm 46)[/box]
[box]He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalm 107:29)[/box]
[box]And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. (Mark 4:39)[/box]
[box]When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you . . . I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me. (Isa. 43:2, 11)[/box]
[box]My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:1–2)[/box]
[box]Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. (Matt. 11:29)[/box]
When you’re walking with a friend through her darkest night, care for her soul by pouring out truth and taking her heart to the place of safety: trusting in God alone.
I’d love for you to add to this list by sharing how you send out a life-boat when your friend needs help.
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