My brethren, if you are a child of God, you’re never outside the watchful eye and care of your heavenly Father. When we, as His children, feel surrounded by forces that are too much for us, we don’t need to fear because “God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1). In his book “Where in the World Is God?” Richard Harding tells of a British liner headed to America during the dangerous day of World War II. The captain had orders that stated, “Keep straight on this course. Do not turn aside for any reason. If you need help, radio a message in code.” After a few days at sea, the lookout spotted an enemy ship. The captain dispatched a coded message: “Enemy sighted! What shall I do?” The reply came back, “Keep straight ahead. Help is standing by.” The captain obeyed the order and kept on course.
Soon after the ship arrived safely, the passengers and crew were surprised to see a great British man-of-war steam into the harbor. Though out of sight the battleship had followed them from England to America, prepared to help them if necessary. We cannot see God and at times we don’t even feel His presence. However, in the daily uncertainties of life, amid the dangers around us, and in our most pressing hour, God our Heavenly Father is standing by to help and He will see us safely to the other shore.
A story has been told regarding a preacher who was delivering a sermon before a large congregation. During his sermon he pointed out that believers aren’t exempt from trouble. In fact, he said, some believers are surrounded by trouble to the right and left, trouble in front and behind. At this, a man who had served the Lord for many years, shouted, “Glory to God, it’s always open at the top!” My brethren, I submit to you this man’s confidence in God is fully supported by Hebrews 4, because our great High Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has ascended to heaven and is now interceding for us.
Thus, we have good grounds for trusting Him in the midst of trouble (Hebrews 4:14). Our Redeemer is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, for when He lived on earth He was tempted in every way that we are, yet He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). His throne is completely approachable and is called “the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). In the book of Hebrews, we’re urged to look up from our trials and to approach that throne boldly by faith. Through humble prayer, we will receive mercy for our failures and grace to help us in our time of need. So, my brethren:
(1) Are life’s trials and temptations hemming you in?
(2) Has the tempter told you there’s nowhere to go?
(3) If so, take heart, keep looking up at the open top …Help is standing by!
When life’s afflictions batter you
Like waves upon the sand,
Remember to look up to God
And take His outstretched hand. – Sper
God is present, even when we feel He is absent.