HELP FROM AFAR

Sick ComputerLord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Psalm 143:1

 

Recently, my desktop computer was acting strangely so I contacted the software maintenance company with which we have an annual contract. After several unsuccessful tries online and then what seemed like eons holding on the phone, someone actually answered and came to my aid. I was connected with a remote repair person. While I went about the rest of my day—until after nine o’clock that night—a guy several states away “captured” my computer and fixed it. Later, he sent me a message saying my computer was back to its former working state. Well, almost. I lost my email address book, calendar, and some other insignificant data, but considering my computer had “thousands of infections” when I contacted the service, I was pleased with the outcome.

 

We don’t need a contract to keep God on call. James says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). All it takes to access God’s “remote repair service” is that we believe He will answer. Psalm 139:2 tells us God knows “when I sit and when I rise; (He perceives) my thoughts from afar.” It’s easy for God to “capture” our whole being so He can work things out for His good (Romans 8:28). God hears our lament instantly. Psalm 139:4 states, “Before a word is on my tongue, You, Lord, know it completely.” Our Lord cares about each of the hairs on our heads (Matthew 12:7). Whether I come to Him with “thousands of infections” or one seemingly insignificant concern, His response is the same: instant knowledge of the issue, total ability to solve our problems, and the divined wisdom to know the best way to proceed.

 

Next time your computer is on the fritz, you might try calling on God to fix it; He can even do that if it is His will. But more importantly, He can be with us during failures of the electronic kind as well as our own very human malfunctions. God delivers, every second of every day, with no charge to us since His Son paid the ultimate price so we can live lives abundantly through Him.

 

Turn Your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. (Psalm 31:2) Amen

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