“In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and He answered me by setting me free.” (Psalm 118:5)
The Civil War was a dark period in the history of the United States. President Abraham Lincoln had little time for anything else in his life. The demands on him were overwhelming, and he went for days without enjoying his family.
On one occasion while meeting with Secretary of State William Seward in the Cabinet room, his son burst through the door in tears and said, “I want my father!”
The secretary could have said, “Your father is too busy for you. Let me get you a teacher who can help you with your problems.” Or, he could have said, “Let me get you an attorney who will represent you wisely and get you out of any problem you might have.”
The child knew who he wanted, and it was not the Secretary of State or some other highly qualified person. He wanted his father. No one else could fill that need.
And, that is essentially what the Psalmist said when he cried, “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free.” God was his first responder.
Sometimes it is easy to turn to the person who we consider to be our closest friend when we face a tough time in our lives. Or, we may look for a person who is known for his brilliance or knowledge or wisdom or status to rescue us from any number of problems that are beyond our capabilities. That may not be wise.
When we face the uncertainties of life, the first person we need to call on for guidance is God. We must go to him as a child to a father knowing He is waiting to help. To whom or to what do our voices cry out for help these days?
Lord, we know that no one cares for us as much as You do. Teach us to look to You first when we are in need, knowing that You are “for” us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.