Psalm 121:1-2 “A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.”
We have all been in situations and circumstances where we have had to ask for help. Some shy away from asking fearing it is a sign of weakness. Others cry help so often; we wonder if it is a help or just enabling wrong behavior.
Coming to the place where we realize that we cannot proceed without the help of someone with greater strength, higher wisdom, or more financial means than we possess, is humbling.
But, to think there is one sole source for all the help I need?
Moses sang of God’s help to the Israelite people.
Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”
When I have a biblical worldview, I see things differently than most. I recognize God as Creator and Sovereign. All things relate to Him. Success or failure in battle was determined by where you stood with God.
The good kings of Israel sought out God before going into battle. They wanted to know if this was a battle that should be fought, what strategy to use, and whether or not they would succeed.
2 Chronicles 25:8 “But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.”
Throughout the ages, help from God has always depended on the faith of the individual. Had Cain reasoned with God to gain help and understanding why his sacrifice wasn’t accepted over his brother’s, Abel would have lived. Instead of acting, he reacted in anger and jealousy.
God puts us in circumstances that would require His help to remedy the situation. The children of Israel had been delivered from the bondage in Egypt only to be brought to the Red Sea with the Egyptian army pursuing. They cried out in fear that they were only brought out to die a cruel and horrible death.
Exodus 14:13-14 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
The Angel of God, who led them out, went behind to protect them while Moses stood at the banks of the Red Sea. He stretched forth his hands, and the sea parted. A mighty wind blew to dry the ground, and the people passed over safely.
We read of the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians and wonder, “Can God do the same for me?”
Hebrews, chapter 11, is known as the Hall of Faith. We read of Abel, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham and Sarah. We see Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. There is Moses, Joshua, Rahab, the harlot, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, Samuel, David, and the prophets. All of these lived by faith. All of these died believing.
Some of the situations of these named were so extreme that only God could deliver them. We often think, “Why would God take notice of me over these?” The answer is because He does not respect one over the other.
Acts 10:34 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
Help comes to supply that which we lack.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Help comes when we ask.
Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
James 1:5-6 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Help comes when we believe.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Do not let fear keep us from the help God provides.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”