God’s just a call away

Does God have a phone number?

It was just another day for an eighth grader at Hickory Tavern School and, on this day, Mr. Curry was substituting for my homeroom and science teacher. 

Mr. Curry was a retired teacher and he, along with his wife, had been teachers for my father during his days at Hickory Tavern High School. Mr. Curry did something that morning that we didn’t normally do in school.  And, if he did it today in a public school, he’d probably be shown the door.

Mr. Curry started our day with a devotion.  He definitely knew how to hook his listeners in to what he was saying.

“I have God’s phone number and today, I’m going to give it to you.”

God’s phone number?  Now, who wouldn’t want that?  You could simply call God anytime you needed some help out of any situation.  It would be a hotline to the Almighty.  It sounds to good to be true.

But, it wasn’t.  In fact, the phone number that Mr. Curry was talking about was quite simple.

He picked up a piece of chalk and wrote, “JER 33:3,” on the board. “That’s God’s number,” he said.

That phone number is the verse that we find at Jeremiah 33:3:  ”Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

There’s a wonderful explanation for this verse in my Bible and it says, “God is ready to answer our prayers, but we must ask for his assistance.”

According to this note, God already knows our needs before we even make that call to him.  However, when we ask God for his help, we are acknowledging that he is God and the he is our source of strength.

Mr. Curry went to his heavenly home years ago, but his simple lesson on that day he substituted has remained with me all these years.

God’s phone number :  Simply call upon Him and believe that He can truly provide for you.

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