As a minister, you will often be called upon to provide a reassuring word to those who are experiencing moments of despair and uncertainty in their lives. Its really not about IF this call will come, its really about WHEN this call will come. So my brothers and sisters what can YOU share at that very moment that will be helpful to those who find themselves in distress? I am glad you asked! You can share your reassuring voice through the Word of God. The word of God is the only source that guarantees the reassurance that we need to see us through. In fact, scripture teaches us, that God is a very present help in the time of distress. (Psalm 46)
I was recently reminded of this in a very personal way, with my daughter Jasmine. One night, during one of our most recent snow storms here in Kansas, she frantically phoned me and said, "Dad I am on my way home but it snowing so bad I can't see the road and I am almost home but I'm scared"! She said "can you just stay on the phone and talk with me so I can hear your voice"? Wow. What a display of confidence she had in me, knowing that I could not physically be with her during this terrible storm (her first time driving in a snow storm). All she needed at that moment was a reassuring voice to provide her the necessary courage and guidance to press on. When she arrived home she gave me the biggest hug ever and shouted "I'm so glad to be home"!
In a spiritual sense, that is exactly what our Heavenly Father wants his children to do! He wants us to be in relationship with him through Jesus Christ our Lord so we can hear and follow his voice. In John chapter 10, Jesus informs us that his sheep knows his voice and will respond likewise because they know his voice. When there is the voice of reassurance, through the Word of God, we can reap the benefits of Psalm 23, where he leads us to green pastures so we can find rest by the still waters.
There are two questions I leave you with. First, has God provided you with comfort and direction during your storms of distress and despair? Secondly, If he did so for you, can he not do the same thing in the lives of those whom you are called to serve?
So men and women of God, when the time comes for you to be that voice of reassurance, make sure you have experienced the comfort of knowing what God has done for you while you were driving through life's storms, he is certainly able to use you to provide that same comfort to others. (II Corinthians 1:4)
Be blessed and let God use your voice for reassurance today as it will help someone make it home!