Let’s face it, we all need help. We are unable to do things in our own power. Many of us are not willing to accept this reality; however, we continue to try to fix our lives without any help.
Our selfish, sinful behavior not only separates us from the people that we are closest to, but it also separates us from God. What is our greatest source of help? As the Creator and Sustainer of life, that help can only come from God. He wants us to first have a relationship with Him, and then look to Him for direction for help in every aspect of our lives.
Psalm 121 tells us this:
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
These words give us assurance and hope in the fact that God’s protection is all around us at all times. He made all that we see before us. We should never trust in anything less than God Himself. Not only is He all powerful, he also watches over us in all things…good and evil.
Why are we so reluctant to seek that help? This has been a question that has plagued this servant’s mind and heart for some time. When I recently asked the same question in Sunday School…I got the same generic answers that come to all of us so easily. “We are lazy”, “It’s too hard”, “We are selfish”…and so on. I then said “If we know why we don’t do it, then why don’t we change? And the answer was, again, “We are lazy”, “It’s too hard”, and “because we are selfish.” So continues the vicious cycle of living in the flesh.
We all know that God is going to take care of us. But what if He only took care of us when we were in His will? What if He provided our needs in accordance with how faithfully we served Him? I am sure most of us wouldn’t be as well off as we are.
God knows what we need! He knows we all need to depend on the only thing that will make us feel strong enough to tackle the difficulties of life. That strength can only come from Him. The problem is that we depend on the things of the world for our strength. We look to drugs, alcohol, TV, music, friends, family, among other things. When we start depend on things and people for our strength we are placing our trust in things other than God. That is nothing short of idolatry. God wants us to place our trust in the strength that we can draw from Him. To some it may seem kind of selfish for God to ask us to give up so much of ourselves and so many fun things for Him.
God is not asking us to give up anything that He doesn’t intend to replace with something far better. God is the Creator of the universe who wants nothing more than for us to know Him. That is why we are all here. It is His desire that we rely on and experience His strength, love, holiness and compassion. He says to all who are willing, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
God knows what will happen throughout our entire lives. More importantly, He knows what will occur in our lives and can be there for you, if you chose to include Him in your life. But we must make a sincere effort to seek Him. He says, “you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
Reality tells us that we will experience problems in life. However, if we go through them while walking with God, we can react to them with differently, if we do it with a strength that is not of our own power. No problem is too big for God to handle. He is bigger than all the problems that we face, and He does not ever leave us alone to find strength. He provides it for us…if we rely on Him for that provision.
Who do you rely upon for your strength? Do you look to other things? Or do you look to God for your strength? The choice is yours.