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A reassuring voice in a time of distress

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!

 

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Guest - Debbie King on Thursday, 23 May 2013 16:42

Thank you for sharing this message. I too, have gone through some challenges. Most recently, the emergency hopitalization of my husband. Although, many people offered words of encouragement, it was the words from those whom had experienced personal pain that brought the most comfort to me.

I think it is important for believers to be able to relate to others on a human level and not solely as hymn singing, word spewing, spritiual giants. After all, the word lets us know that even Jesus understands/relates to our human weaknesses and infirmities.

Thank you for sharing this message. I too, have gone through some challenges. Most recently, the emergency hopitalization of my husband. Although, many people offered words of encouragement, it was the words from those whom had experienced personal pain that brought the most comfort to me. I think it is important for believers to be able to relate to others on a human level and not solely as hymn singing, word spewing, spritiual giants. After all, the word lets us know that even Jesus understands/relates to our human weaknesses and infirmities.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Friday, 10 May 2013 13:31

sometimes you don't realize that the afflictions and distress you experience personally are meant to equip you to help others. when we learn to stop complaining and murmuring about them, we get tools on going through them with grace, that we overcome and encourage others .

sometimes you don't realize that the afflictions and distress you experience personally are meant to equip you to help others. when we learn to stop complaining and murmuring about them, we get tools on going through them with grace, that we overcome and encourage others .
Guest - Norma Burns on Friday, 03 May 2013 19:42

Thank you God bless

Thank you God bless
Guest - Norma Burns on Friday, 03 May 2013 19:40

Norma. Burns Dr. Love. I just want to thank you for these word today . It is so wonderful to be a child of a "king". Your story have bring me a new set of joy, in my heart as I minister the word of God to other's. I have also enjoyed how you talk about your young daughter and how the good Lord has worked on bring her home safe . On this journey we have to keep our yes on the road.
Keep up the good work
God bless
NormaBuns

Norma. Burns Dr. Love. I just want to thank you for these word today . It is so wonderful to be a child of a "king". Your story have bring me a new set of joy, in my heart as I minister the word of God to other's. I have also enjoyed how you talk about your young daughter and how the good Lord has worked on bring her home safe . On this journey we have to keep our yes on the road. Keep up the good work God bless NormaBuns
Guest - Brenda Marciniszyn on Thursday, 18 April 2013 21:32

What a wonderful reminder. I needed this reassurance today. God never fails to help us in times of need. Thank you for being so sensitive to the Holy Spirit to write this post. God knew I'd be here to read it! Thanks, Lord.

What a wonderful reminder. I needed this reassurance today. God never fails to help us in times of need. Thank you for being so sensitive to the Holy Spirit to write this post. God knew I'd be here to read it! Thanks, Lord. :D
Guest - Christine Wimmer on Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:53

That was a wonderful message Dr. Love. I was just speaking to someone this morning, that is going through a very difficult time in her life. We talked about the Word and having a few scriptures that inspires her so that she can say them out loud (especially in her darkest moments) remembering that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

I really enjoyed the story about your daughter calling you. Very impacting! Calling on the Father to guide us through. I love the connection. I will share that with her.

Tina, as a melancholy compulsive myself, I can relate to the "over thinking". : )
Be blessed,

That was a wonderful message Dr. Love. I was just speaking to someone this morning, that is going through a very difficult time in her life. We talked about the Word and having a few scriptures that inspires her so that she can say them out loud (especially in her darkest moments) remembering that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. I really enjoyed the story about your daughter calling you. Very impacting! Calling on the Father to guide us through. I love the connection. I will share that with her. Tina, as a melancholy compulsive myself, I can relate to the "over thinking". : ) Be blessed,
Pastor Dave Smuin on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:05

Very timely message! I know too that if God has allowed you to go through storms in your life with His P.T.P.A.U. (peace that passes all understanding) He expects that you use that experience to encourage others when they need it and not "hide your light under a bushel", so to speak.

Very timely message! I know too that if God has allowed you to go through storms in your life with His P.T.P.A.U. (peace that passes all understanding) He expects that you use that experience to encourage others when they need it and not "hide your light under a bushel", so to speak.:D
Pastor Dave Smuin on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:37

Thank you for this message Dr. Love! It brings to light the simple truths that people need to have that reassuring voice. God's word supplies the voice. This helped show me how God is going to use me to be His voice in times of trouble. It is only through His promises that we can have hope in this unsettling world. Reassurance! So simple. So true. So powerful! Thank you, because as a Melancholy, I tend to overthink!

Thank you for this message Dr. Love! It brings to light the simple truths that people need to have that reassuring voice. God's word supplies the voice. This helped show me how God is going to use me to be His voice in times of trouble. It is only through His promises that we can have hope in this unsettling world. Reassurance! So simple. So true. So powerful! Thank you, because as a Melancholy, I tend to overthink!
Guest - DiAnna K Moore on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:07

Thank you so much for sharing! I just got off the phone with a women calling me in deep distress after a double mastectomy. I was praying because I didn't know what to say but you are so right, we have been comforted through our storms in life and we can certainly offer hope to all who hurt. God will meet them in the middle of their storms also as they call on His name! Thank you and God Bless.

Thank you so much for sharing! I just got off the phone with a women calling me in deep distress after a double mastectomy. I was praying because I didn't know what to say but you are so right, we have been comforted through our storms in life and we can certainly offer hope to all who hurt. God will meet them in the middle of their storms also as they call on His name! Thank you and God Bless.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 18 April 2013 13:48

DiAnna so glad to know that you were able to be a resource to the young lady who is going through a very overwhelming ordeal! Thank you for your sharing, Be blessed.
Dr. Love

DiAnna so glad to know that you were able to be a resource to the young lady who is going through a very overwhelming ordeal! Thank you for your sharing, Be blessed. Dr. Love
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