Timely Help in Crisis

(For those that are not aware: Spencer Bolick, the 18 year old son of Keith and Milly Bolick, died tragically on Thursday afternoon.)

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name (Psalm 61:2-5).

God gave me this yesterday as I was speaking with Milly about the death of her son Spencer. Life in a fallen world brings challenges, hurt, and pain. Others don’t always make the choices we want for them, and their choices sometimes bring them and us great hurt and pain.

The Father understands our humanness. Jesus faced every challenge we face and overcame it. He understands what we need when life circumstances turn sour. He can minister grace, which is His ability to help us to do what we can’t do ourselves. He can also minister to us His peace; which is calm right in the middle of a huge storm. He is the eye in the middle of the storm where all is quiet and fears and disappointments are eased.

By His Spirit, the Father can breathe into us courage and faith. He can let us know that we have a ready helper to aid us in our toughest days. Jesus Christ is a friend, a helper, a confidant, a consoler, a healer, and a peace giver. He heals broken hearts; he steadies vacillating emotions, and infuses us with wisdom and strength right when we need it. He calms our disturbed minds. He wraps us by faith in His arms of love.

Draw from Him today. Tell Him your thoughts and concerns. He’s not angry when you vent your hurt, anger or your misunderstandings. Jesus still has a human body, and empathizes with us in our earth walk. If you’ll listen, He will answer your questions, calm your heart, and ease your mind and emotions. He’s waiting right now to speak with you. Grab His Word for a few minutes and ask Him to speak to you. He will give you just what you need.

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength) (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Amplified).

2 thoughts on “Timely Help in Crisis

  1. Pastor Mitch,
    I am so saddened to hear of Milly’s loss. I worked with her in children’s church when I first came to Victory Fellowship. She has such a sweet spirit. She is special to me. She was born on my mother’s birthday, April 26. I am praying for her and her family.

    Frances White

  2. Pastor Mitch,
    Thank you for your devotional. As I read God’s Word, I find much assurance that Millie, Keith and Eric are safe in the Will of our Lord and Savior.
    I hadn’t seen Spencer for many years, but knew him through my sisiter Debbie and her husband Gary. Spencer will be remembered by his “sweet soul” and “witty humor”. Although this tradedy will be felt for years to follow, by ALL that knew and loved Spencer, I trust there will be a better day to follow. I believe there is a special part of God in every man’s heart and in cases such as this, God’s Mercy allows a soul to call out to him for repentance and forgiveness. I find much hope knowing that Spencer knew Jesus Christ and in Spencer’s last breath, he used the liberty to call on the name of Jesus and seek his face. Until we are called Home to be with our Heavenly Father, we will not know if Spencer will be there also. But until then, I will trust in the Lord that Spencer is resting in the arms of our Father. For His Love is everlasting and His Truth endurith from generation to generation. AMEN
    In Christain Love,
    Patricia HIll Zoeller

    Jesus is Lord

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