I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. (Ps. 120:1)

I GET TIRED OF THE MUSIC they play while I am on hold, waiting to talk to the service technician. I navigate all of the automated verbal hoops and now I wait, not sure that if I eventually get to talk to someone, he or she will actually speak my language, or if there is anyone at the other end who even cares that I am waiting. I call, but no one answers. Then I hear a voice, but it is an automated voice that tells me all the people who can answer are busy with other callers but my call is very important to them and I should continue to wait. My distress only builds. How can I believe I am important to them if they will not answer? I want to hang up, but there is no one else to call. This is the only place to get help in my time of distress. So I listen to the music and wait for someone to have time for me—someone who will answer, listen, and fix my problem.

I can be sure that if I put through a 9-1-1 call to the Lord, He will answer me in my distress. I do not always get exactly the remedy I want, but I know He hears, He cares, and He answers with what He knows I need. Indeed, He is only a prayer away, and He never puts me on hold.

Take your distress to Him with the assurance that He will answer your call for help.

Ken Heer was the author of Ancient Fire (WPH), pastor, and community director. He passed away prior to this publication.