My Life as a 911 Christian
There have been seasons of my life when I have been a 9-1-1 Christian. That means I mostly prayed to God or read the Bible in an emergency. All I needed was for my panic button to get pushed, and I was on my knees or had my face immediately in the Bible. Maybe you can relate.
Go to God Before Trouble
When I was a teacher, I watched a scenario that reminded me of my 9-1-1 relationship with God. I watched from an upstairs window at the school where I taught as paramedics arrived within minutes to rescue a man who had driven off the road.
It struck me how different things were when I was a girl. Before electronic devices, such as global positioning systems (GPSs), paramedics had to know the city they served like the back of their hands, or else they would be driving around in circles in total chaos, and many people would have died! The paramedics had to know the city by heart, so they were ready to respond when accidents happened.
If we want to be overcomers like Scripture promises (Romans 8:37), we have to be more than 9-1-1 Christians. We must tuck God’s Word away in our hearts on a regular basis and have a growing relationship with Him. Then, when we experience trouble—as we always will—we can draw on the deep well of truth that He has already provided for us. If we wait until difficulty comes to reach out to Christ, we’ll often panic and scramble trying to find peace and direction. And, perhaps like me, you can testify that this is not effective!
Sharpen Your Sword Early
In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. When Satan attacked Christ with lies, He demonstrated that the only defense against deception is God’s truth when He used scripture from Deuteronomy for protection.
Can you imagine what it would have been like if Christ didn’t already know the truth? If He practiced 9-1-1 faith, he would have had to stop and say, “Wait a minute! I have to go look that up! I think it’s somewhere in the Scripture.” Jesus sharpened His “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) before the battle. He knew truth before He had to use it. You and I would be wise to do the same.
A Living Example
In December, a dear friend of mine passed away from cancer. During the week before her death, tears puddled in her eyes and she told me that she “couldn’t believe the blessings” that had come to her during time in the valley of the shadow of death. Her faith amazed me; her confidence bolstered me. I witnessed a precious Christian woman who drew on the strength that God had given to her over the years, and on the truth she already knew. She had never been a 9-1-1 Christian, and now she was reaping the benefit of the discipline of developing her relationship with Christ through Bible reading and prayer during this difficult time.
It’s not just during the days before death that we need to know God’s truth; it’s every day of our lives. You never know what difficulties may come your way. You want to be ready.