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monthly meditation from 1/2014 “Biblical Homeschooling”

Monthly Meditation
by Wayne S. Walker

“In my distress I cried to the LORD, and He heard me” (Psalm 120:1). There are many things that may cause distress in our lives. We may have to deal with illness. We may have problems in our families, especially as we strive to raise and teach our children. Loved ones and friends invariably will grow old or become sick and pass on. There are often financial difficulties to face. Even the apostles had distresses. “Therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith” (1 Thessalonians 3:7).

However, if we are Christians, we do not have to experience distress alone. In our times of distress we can cry to the Lord. The way in which we cry to the Lord is by prayer. None of us will ever suffer to the extent of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear” (Hebrews 5:7).

And just as God did with both David and Jesus, He will hear us. “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:12). The Lord may not always give us the exact answer that we want, but He will listen to us and has promised that when we are tested by distress He “will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Therefore, when I face distress in this life, as Elisha A. Hoffman wrote, “I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear these burdens alone. In my distress He kindly will help me; He ever loves and cares for His own.” Whatever distress we have in life, Paul tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). As we homeschool our children to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, we may often see the need to cry out to God. And we can be assured that the Lord will hear.

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