The Helping God

Sam Petitfils

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."  Psalm 46:1

Followers of God often find themselves in dire straits, in need of help.  We shouldn’t suppose this is unusual simply because God designed our life to depend on Him.  Notice the word that quickly follows “help”: “trouble.” Following God in a world where most people shun God brings certain trouble.  But we need not fear; God stands ready to help those who call out to Him.

In 1 Chronicles 5:18-20, the transjordanian tribes (Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh) battled a superior force, but were delivered by God because “they cried out to God in the battle” (1 Chronicles 5:20).  In 1 Chronicles 12:18, Amasai through the Spirit encourages David by saying “your God helps you.”  In 2 Chronicles 25:8, a man of God tells King Amaziah, “God has power to help or to cast down.”  Finally, when aggressive Assyria surrounds Jerusalem, King Hezekiah challenges the defenders to trust in God, because God is with them “to help us and fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:8).  The Bible abounds with similar accounts of His children facing superior forces, but receive help from God.

Have you asked God for help?  Is He the first One you turn to when trouble comes?  In order to receive God’s help we must:

1) Admit our need.
Most people today attempt to project an image of self-sufficiency, independence, and inner strength, but God wants His children to humble themselves before Him and confess their need of Him; that’s the catch and the main reason we do not receive God’s help.  When we try to manage all of our affairs on our own, we cannot expect God to help without our admitting our need of Him.

2) Give Him the praise and glory.
It belongs to Him regardless of what we think, but often we “steal” the credit that rightly belongs to Him.  We leak out details and hints of our involvement in some victory or accomplishment, knowing full well we could not even tie our own shoe apart from God’s help.  We need to be quick and ready to thank and credit God for what He brings about.

3) Walk in dependence on Him even when times are good.

Some actually do call out to God in trouble, but forget about Him in more prosperous times.  This amounts to looking to God as a “hired gun” or sorts, only coming to Him in times of great trial.  Yet if we admit it, we cannot advance one step forward apart from His help and direction.  The Christian life was designed by God to cause us to look to Him continually as the source of our strength.  When we fail to thank God for the victories He provides, we subtly take the credit ourselves.

Are you in any trouble?  Do you face overwhelming odds with no sight of relief?  Is your back against the wall with enemies advancing?  Then call out to Him in faith, pick up that sword of faith, and move forward to the battle lines. God will help you and wants to do so, but we must thank Him when He does, and then commit to following Him all the days of our lives.  The forces that overwhelm us are no match for God.  He can deliver us from certain doom and fill our mouth with praise.  Call out to Jesus, because help is on the way!    

Cry Out to Jesus

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
And love for the broken hearts
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

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