What Kind of Friends Can You Call Upon?
“Just call out my name and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running,” sang James Taylor in the hit, You’ve Got a Friend written by Carole King in 1971.Â The song’s words point out that when you’re down and troubled and need a helping hand because nothing is going right that all you need to do is call on that special friend and soon they will be there. Now that is a good friend; one that you can simply call upon and they will immediately be at your side.
Do you have any friends like that? Friends that will drop whatever is on their agenda whether it is family, work, or extended commitments and will immediately come if you call them. That is a tough call but I am thinking that as well-intentioned as most friends are, they are human and in reality they can’t just drop whatever balls they are currently juggling and come running. For most people to come running it takes at best a little time to make some other arrangements for their responsibilities to be taken care of before they can help you with yours. The important word here though is humans, people, just like you, can’t do it all. They can’t just drop their own life’s commitments on a moment’s notice to fulfill your needs.
Even the greatest of friends can’t do it all for they have their limitations as shown and reminded in a letter written in 1865 from William Tecumseh Sherman to U.S. Grant: ”I knew wherever I was that you thought of me, and if I got in a tight place you would come, if alive.” Even the best of friends have their earthly limitations but there is one who can always be counted upon no matter what.
You have a friend in Jesus, as the hymn goes, and this is a friend that will drop everything and be by your side when you cry out. You can just call out His name and He is already there for He doesn’t have to come running. It doesn’t matter the season or the time of day all you have to do is call. Isn’t it great to know that God is always there for us and that we can trust Him because of His record in the past?
It is so important to recognize that God is God alone and that His greatness surpasses no other. He clearly tells us and wants us to call and depend upon Him. This week’s focus verse is a prayer of David’s found in the Psalms. David learned early on that God is always there during all time types not just times of trouble. David understood that God didn’t just want to be his friend but that He was. He understood that not only was God great and full of goodness but that He wanted to have a relationship with us. It is only through God that we can be saved from both earthly and eternity problems.
As David learned, calling out to God during all times is important but it is also important that we sit and wait upon His answers with great conviction of who God is and what He is capable of doing. When you need a friend that you can trust during all times and one that is in control of everything look no further than our Creator and know that He alone is God and is waiting for you to call upon Him.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me. Psalm 86:7 (NLT)
Do You Know How to CRY?
Being convicted of the greatness of God and trusting Him during all times requires more than just talk. You must know how to CRY. To acknowledge and trust the greatness of God and then wait for better days believing that God answers prayers forces a good CRY. A good CRY will sustain you during not just hard times but all times. So what does a good CRY look like?
C ”“ Commit – Commitment is the beginning of a good CRY. Without a strong commitment to God crying out will not be effective.
R ”“ Recognize – Recognizing that God is God alone is the key to a good CRY. For without the knowledge and faith that God is greater than all and that there is none like Him makes a lack luster commitmentÂ at best.
Y ”“ Yearn – Yearning for God during all times sustains you in all situations. Yearning and desiring God’s help in your life is the way to understanding how God answers.
Crying is not a weakness Crying is necessary to sustain life on earth with peace. God wants you to ask for His help and then it is necessary that you trust by waiting; knowing that the results will be His will and plan. You cannot have the level of trust you need unless you CRY.
Crying continuously builds trust so cry out with gratitude and cry out in grief but always CRY. God wants you to cry out to Him in a blind trust.Â There is a story that a missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, ”Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Dr. Livingstone wrote back, ”If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” (Good News Broadcaster, 1985) God expects you to trust Him like that also and this trust begins with a strong resolution to CRY.
Be challenged to trust God fully in your life with a good CRY. Let your convictions show fully that you recognize God’s greatness. Be motivated in realizing that He always answers your call and find the comfort in knowing that He cares for you and is always listening when you CRY. So when the sky is dark and full of clouds and the north wind is blowing keep your head together and call on the one you can trust. Let Him knock on your door, be ready to answer, and let Him in.
Love in Christ,
A small boy defined a friend as “Someone who knows all about you and likes you just the same.”
Isn’t it great to know that God is your friend?
Credits Good News Broadcaster. (1985, April). Good News Broadcaster, 12.
What are your thoughts? Join Us in Discussion
Do you call to God in times of trouble? Have you called to God when times are good? What are your thoughts on crying out to God? Do you trust Him completely with commitment, recognition, and yearning? Join us in thoughtful discussion of calling out to God during all times.