Jesus Never Leaves The Station

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I once heard a well-known national news anchor describe his first job in a radio station.

One of his daily responsibilities was to broadcast a preacher’s message. The message came on a “record.” (Records, the dinosaur ancestors of CDs, were flat, vinyl discs the size of  small pizzas with grooves of microscopic etchings of musical or vocal sounds detected by “needles” on the arms of  “record players”, then transmitted through speakers, which in turn whipped teenagers into a frenzy, causing seizure-like gyrations with names like “The Shing-a-ling,” “The Frug,” “The Philly,” and “The Boogaloo”).

Anyway, it was the young deejay’s habit to introduce the preacher’s message, start the record, then leave the station for a cup of coffee at a nearby diner. One day as he was sipping his Maxwell House, the phone rang.  When the waitress handed it to him, he heard his boss screaming, “Get back to the station NOW!”

Sprinting to his car, he tuned the radio to his station. To his horror the needle had gotten “stuck” on the record and kept replaying the same phrase over and over again — “Go to hell, go to hell, go to hell…”

Sometimes we can feel like the Lord is “out of the station.”  Maybe he stepped out for a minute or dozed off. Maybe he’s forgotten us completely.

The truth is Jesus never takes a break.  He never slumbers nor sleeps but watches over us day and night.  His ears are ever open to our cry.  He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

“He holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Heb 7.24-25).

Jesus has conquered death and is alive forevermore to intercede for his children.  Day and night, he lifts you before the Father, praying almighty, perfect and effective prayers, that he might save you to the uttermost.  He never takes a break, never grows weary, never faints and will never cease to pray for you.

I’d be thrilled to know that a friend was praying for me even once a day.  But to know that Christ himself, the Lord of hosts, is interceding for me every minute of the day gives me incredible confidence, hope and joy.

Praise him today for his steadfast love and faithfulness!

photo by Roadsidepictures

  • http://WebsiteURL Bob M

    Hey Mark,

    I loved your statement, “The truth is Jesus never takes a break. He never slumbers nor sleeps but watches over us day and night. His ears are ever open to our cry. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.” … That sure is faith building!

    I just read in Prov 14:26, “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence”. Isn’t it encouraging to know that He is never “out of the station”, but always on His throne, sovereignly working all things for our good!

    Thanks,
    Bob

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hey Bob,

      What a great Proverb. I’m so glad the Lord gives us “strong confidence.” I needed to be reminded of that this morning – thanks!

  • http://WebsiteURL Elaine

    Exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Elaine,

      I'm so glad the Lord would encourage you!

  • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

    That’s quite the story. It’s wonderful to know, though, that even when I keep hearing the same thing from God over and over again like that record, it’s not that God’s out for the day but that He has something important He wants me to remember.

    This also reminds me of Elija’s run-in with the prophets. He kept mocking them about their gods being away sleeping or, depending on how you read it, using the restroom. It’s encouraging to remember that God’s availability is one of His most “showoffable” attributes.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hey Marshall,

      Great insights and parallels with the false gods of the prophets Elijah faced. I hadn’t thought of that one. Like the way you put it – God’s availability. Thanks for adding your comments!

  • http://WebsiteURL Devorah

    Thank you so much for writing this! This was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thanks for letting God use you in your writing! God Bless you! =)

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Devorah,

      Thanks for your encouragement. I’m grateful the Lord would encourage you!

  • http://WebsiteURL Lorraine

    Love it! Jesus is my prayer team – and boy, I’m sure glad of it. You also need to repent for making me feel old ;-) I realise that there is a need for describing what a “record” is for the younger set these days, but when I read it, and my daughter said she wouldn’t have known the pic was a radio if I hadn’t told her…well, you see how I had an awakening. sigh – tempus fugit!

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Lorraine,

      Your daughter didn’t know that was a radio? Yikes, I am old!

      • http://WebsiteURL Lorraine

        She didn’t know what THAT object was – the one in the pic on your blog post. Radio in general, yes, we covered that topic in homeschool ;-)

        • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

          OK, got it…that’s a relief

  • http://www.worshipfulreader.blogspot.com Ron Reffett

    Hey Mark,
    As always, perfect timing and great encouragement! Thanks for sharing this today. I’m so thankful that even when the clouds of our despair sometimes block our view of Christ, in reality He’s always behind those clouds with an outstretched arm holding us very tightly. So thankful that Jesus is constantly interceding for us!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Ron,

      Isn’t our Savior wonderful? Clouds may come, but eventually they’ll blow away to reveal the sun (Son) is still shining.

  • http://www.thewarriorsforchrist.blogspot.com Caroline

    Thank you so much for the timely post. To see the Spirit lead you to write on appropriate topics. It has definitely encouraged me to know that my Lord is continually interceding for me. :)

    • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

      Hi Caroline,

      I’m so grateful the Lord would encourage you through the post. Thanks for letting me know…