Whom shall I call on in my distress?

When we face anguish and sorrow, there is an answer, and we can find it through turning to God.

One day I was thinking about the anguish that so much of humanity feels. I felt a deep compassion, praying that all may learn that we have a Father who is omnipotent Love, whom one can call on in time of need and affliction. As the Psalmist, who knew and understood God's goodness and love, sang, "In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me."

The Bible tells us that David relied on God in his distress —not on a God afar off and unknown—but on "the living God." This living God was his strong support through troubles and afflictions when he was just a young shepherd as well as when he was king. He called on God, sang to Him, and waited patiently for guidance and wisdom. David attributed his victories to God's help.

As I thought further about this subject I realized that ignorance of God's love is what confuses and misdirects us. That's why we feel hopeless. This made me remember that I, like many others, had lived in ignorance and had experienced one anguishing situation after another. I hadn't known God as He is or understood that man is the child of God, well loved and always cared for, here and now. If I wasn't in distress over family relations, I was concerned over the children or health, or because of money or some other situation. This went on until I began to understand God as Love, and myself and others as the children of God.

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April 15, 1991

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