‘Emergency services – which service do you require?’
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
It’s the call no one wants to make, the 999 call for help, whatever the crisis. The service can be abused, but in the main, the public are grateful for their assistance, whether it is police, ambulance, or fire services – or perhaps all three.
There is an assurance that at a time of extreme trouble we have somewhere to turn to. The records show that in the UK there are approximately 7.5 million calls per year, 6 million of which receive an emergency response. 999 calls are increasing by 6.5 per cent every year. 1
As the stresses of life increase so too does our dependence on these invaluable ministrations. At times their work is stretched beyond their capacity to cope – but we still expect them to perform. Response times are monitored and criticised regardless of the pressures on them, but few would argue with the fact that our emergency services do their level best no matter what, and that we as a nation are blessed to have them.
Christians have a primary emergency service at times of trauma. It’s the call we make first – often it is a single word cried out: ‘Father.’ We don’t have to give an address or phone number – God already knows all the details of our life and will work all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). We should communicate with God frequently; in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul urges us to pray without ceasing.
We are blessed to have an elder brother, Jesus, who speaks on our behalf, perhaps saying: ‘what she/he really means is…’. And we are blessed to have a Father in heaven who understands our human frailties, including how we may deal with an emergency. God wants us to include Him in all facets of our life, when things are going well, and when we are facing all kinds of difficulties, none more so than an emergency.
In Matthew 28:20 Jesus Christ has given us His word to be with us always– no matter what, where, or when. As we attempt to deal with the predicaments of today – please remember our primary source for all emergencies – our amazing Father in heaven.
Wonderful ever-loving Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank you for being our port in every storm of life. We exist because of you and for you. Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, and also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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