Answer The Telephone


So, I'm living in a new area, and I was in the market for a new hairstylist.

After a few months, a friend recommended someone. I called the telephone number, and the person answered the telephone, said nothing, and then hung up.

I didn't call back.

I understand people not wanting to answer an unknown number, but if they had just let the call go to voicemail, then I would have left them a message saying who I was, who it was that gave me their telephone number and that they came highly recommended.

But they didn't.

People cry out to God every day about all the bills that they have and the money that they don't have, but at the same time, they'll block a blessing that God is trying to send them. The devil has them terrified to answer the telephone and afraid to go to the mailbox.

Now, I understand that sometimes it's the devil blocking your blessing (Daniel 10:1-13), but sometimes it's just you.

Most people are familiar with the story of the drowning man.

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by, and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you."

The stranded fellow shouted back, "No, it's OK, I'm praying to God, and he is going to save me."

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. "The fellow in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, I can save you."

To this, the stranded man said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God, and he is going to save me. I have faith."

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by, and the pilot shouted down, "Grab this rope, and I will lift you to safety."

To this, the stranded man again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God, and he is going to save me. I have faith."

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop, and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, "I had faith in you, but you didn't save me, you let me drown. I don't understand why!"
To this God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
  

So, next time, answer the telephone.