“What’s Your Emergency?”

Chris and I like the TV show “9-1-1”.  When a call is received the operator answers, “9-1-1” … “What’s Your Emergency?”  Hopefully you have never had to use that number, but I suspect many have over the years.  That is a number used for emergencies – when someone is in a crisis and needs help.  Thank God there is a number we all know, have memorized and when we dial it, have assurance someone will answer on the other end.  On the TV show the operator usually says something like, “Stay on the line, help is on the way.”


For anyone that is trouble, hearing those words bring comfort and a sense of relief.  But, what about when we are in trouble spiritually?  Are you aware of the fact that there are some 9-1-1 numbers in the Bible?  Consider this one: “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).  Another is Psalm 91:1; “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”  We all should be thankful for the 911 Operators who take phone calls on a daily basis.  Truly, they have a stressful job and the majority of them are excellent at it.  They have the ability to calm a situation, find the need and send assistance.  Have you ever thought about praying for these individuals?  Their job isn’t easy and we should pray for them.  Hopefully none of us will need them for a long time, but when we do, we’ll be grateful for their service.


There is a difference though between the 911 Operator and calling God direct.  The Operator sends help, GOD IS HELP!  Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, AN EVER PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE.”  Our Lord is personal.  He knows our needs, feels our heartaches and sees our tears.  He speaks to us saying, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  Some of you are tired, weary, afraid and nervous about the future.  Call the Biblical 911 number.  God is always on duty, He’ll hear the first word you utter and will be in your presence immediately.  He’ll never leave you stranded nor will any of your prayers fall on deaf ears.  Our God offers comfort and strength when we are restless and weak because of the heavy burdens we bear.  He knows just what you need – even before you ask – but He longs to hear your voice.  Call upon Him today!  You’ll be glad you did!!


Pastor Carnes