Nu’uanu Baptist Church / October 14, 2020
When I was a freshman at Colorado State University I went with my fellow dorm buddies up in the mountains about a 30 minute drive from Fort Collins, Colorado. Some of us thought it would be a good opportunity to go mountain climbing. While I did grow up in Colorado, climbing mountains was not one of my fortes. However, I did find a ledge and began to climb. As I climbed, I noticed that the ledge gradually became narrower. Now some might see that as an indication that it was time to turn back. I, however, was not “some”. I continued on until the ledge petered out. What to do? Go back down right? I couldn’t! I didn’t realize that when I was climbing up I had to step around some obstacles and hang on to others that I couldn’t see going down. Now, what to do? I couldn’t go forward and I couldn’t go back. I thought, I could jump from the cliff and it would be over quickly, or I could stay there on the ledge and starve to death over a number of days. Someone would later find my skeleton masked up against the side of the mountain. Neither choice was appealing. There was another alternative, I could yell and have someone call a helicopter to come and rescue me from the side of the mountain. The only problem was, no one could hear me. I’ll let you guess what I ended up doing.
The reason I tell you this story is, not so you would know how dumb I was. I think a lot of us are like that when we come to a difficult time in our lives. Sometimes, we don’t know which way to go. No good alternative appears on the horizon. I wish I could tell you that when I was out on the ledge that I prayed and the Lord answered my prayer and showed me a way down. I didn’t…. I figured I could find a way out, so I didn’t need to pray. That was the dumbest thing that I did.
When you are stuck out on a ledge, whether that ledge might be a relational ledge, a financial ledge, or physical ledge, and don’t know which way to go, what do you do? You should, we should, call out to the Lord. That’s what David did. Psalm 18 is a song written by David on the day that the Lord rescued him from the grasp of his enemies.
Look at verse 6:
“But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.”
What a privilege we have to cry out to the Lord for help. That’s not a sign of weakness. That is a sign of wisdom. It’s dumb to stand on a ledge wondering what you are going to do when you can call out to God.
You may not be going through anything now, but when you do, I pray that you will not forget God’s loving care for you. I pray you will cry out to Him and look for His deliverance.
Here are some words from an Andrea Crouch song that I like. “Though It All”
“I've had many tears and sorrows, I’ve had questions for tomorrow, There’s been times I didn't know right from wrong. But in every situation, God gave me blessed consolation,
That my trials come to only make me strong.
Through it all, Through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all, Through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.
I thank God for the mountains, And I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through. For if I'd never had a problem, I wouldn't know God could solve them, I’d never know what faith in God could do.”
Those words are the testimony of someone who knew trials and suffering, but also knew God’s presence and ability to safely bring Him home. I pray that you would be able to testify to His work in your life also.