November 7, 2016
Call Out to the Father
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13
A story I once read told of a man who was on a trip in Jerusalem. He watched as a Jewish man and his family of girls were preparing to cross the road in front of him. The smallest girl fell down behind the rest of the family and then called out, “Abba, Abba!” The father stopped, stepped back to where the girl was, reached down to swing her up into his arms, and continued across the road, carrying her to safety.
This story is one I come back to over and over again. The little girl did not look around for help after she fell, or try to save herself; she simply cried “Abba” because she knew that would catch her father’s attention in an instant, and that once he saw her, he would take care of her.
As Christians, we became children of God when we asked Him to forgive our sins and take charge of our lives. The Bible tells us that we can call Him “Abba,” just like a child would call an earthly father. If we are ever in danger and cannot see a way out, we can call to Him and He will carry us to safety.
Today’s focus verse says that when we call upon the Name of the Lord, He will save us. It is a simple statement, and yet sometimes we might struggle with the idea of putting such confidence in God. For some reason, we may doubt God’s fatherly love and His desire to help us, but Jesus said, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein” (Luke 18:17). He wants us to call out to Him, and He is ready to reach out and answer, “My child, here I am.”
Like the father in the story, God wants to protect us and take care of us and our needs. He is waiting for us to call out to Him.