Help in time of trouble

Many Christians believe that when they are in trouble they can just call on God and he will bail them out. That is a true statement, if that individual has met the conditions that will allow God to bail them out. God is a covenant God. He makes certain commitments to us which are not one sided. To have a covenant requires actions and promises by both parties. If we are to have a covenant with God, he indicates that he will do certain things if we will do certain things. Once we have met the conditions of the covenant, then God will do for us what he has promised.
“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Psalm 50:14-15 (KJV) Here God is promising help in time of trouble if we do our part, offer thanksgiving to God and pay our vows. God states that having done that, when we call he will deliver us. The Message Bible translates it as, “Spread for me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises, And call for help when you’re in trouble—-I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me.”
Keeping our promises and commitments to God places us in a position to receive help in time of need. It is like having an insurance policy except God can help us before the disaster strikes. Insurance will pay for damages to our property if our house is destroyed by a tornado. Of course, the policy is only good if we have paid the premiums. God’s help to us is much the same way, if we pay the premiums (keeping promises made to God, offering him praise and thanksgiving) then he will help us in the time of trouble. As we meet the conditions of being a child of God, we can call anytime.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (emphasis supplied) We are to come to God not timid and scared, but with confidence that we are his child and when we need help, our Father will be there for us. Our Father God will care for us. We have that confidence because we know God. He is not a fly by night, here today and gone tomorrow, friend. When the going gets tough, God will be there for us. “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” Nahum 1:7. If we trust in God, we are know of him and he will care for us. The Complete Jewish Bible relates this passage as “Adonai is good, a stronghold in time of trouble: he takes care of those who take refuge in him.” If we take refuge in Him, God will be our help in time of trouble, but we must take refuge in him. Here refuge means a place where one would abide, or live. If we choose to live in the Word of God (Jesus) and allow Jesus to live in us, we have taken refuge in him and he will be our help in time of trouble.

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