Are You Here to Help or Be Helped?

15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
Psalm 50:15 (NASB)

18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
2 Tim 4:18 (NASB)

“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” A quote from Robert Burns and his poem To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough.  In the poem the farmer laments having driven his plough through a mouse’s burrow overturning it in the midst of winter.

What’s the point?  The point is that if you are alive you will experience trouble no matter how carefully laid your plans are.  You are either in difficulty now or will be in the future.  There’s just no getting around it, and you will need help from somewhere.

“I can handle it on my own.”  A quote from you, and me.

Here’s another truth that will be uncomfortable for some; Men and Women weren’t created to be alone.  We were not intended to live a solitary existence without friends or loved ones.  From a scriptural standpoint God pointed it out in the very beginning in Genesis 2:18 where God said “It is not good that the man should be alone…”  God gave Adam company but for a purpose.  Read the second half of that verse in Genesis.  We are to help one another, that’s our first purpose.

If you still rail at the idea of needing help, thinking you are okay on your own and self-sufficient; maybe you are.  That still doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility to be helpful to your fellow Man.  Maybe, you are self-sufficient so you can help someone else.  Maybe you are the one who is cast in the role of coming to the aid of another, to be their help meet, to use a turn of phrase also from Genesis 2:18.

You are either in a position to help or be helped.  Both are opportunities to grow; one to aid someone else and the other to allow someone who is looking to help to do so.  In either case, should you find yourself in a situation where no earthly help seems sufficient, take comfort in the scripture above and the Greek definition of the word Rescue (found HERE).

God is the one speaking in the scripture quoted above.  He is the one who offers to be the deliverer, as the Greek definition suggests.  All you have to do is start the conversation, call upon him.  If you do call upon him he will help.  You many not recognize his help right away, but he will, I promise.  That assistance might even come disguised as someone earthy who is able to help you.  Once you recognize that help you have to admit it and honor him, so keep that in mind.

He will help if you ask, I promise. He does this not because he thinks you are week or can’t manage on your own, but because he can; because he is able.  He does this because he wants to continue talking to you and cares about your life.  He is willing to help because he thinks You Are Worthy.

Questions for Reflection

  • Are you currently in a position to help someone else or do you need help yourself?
  • What has held you back in the past from either offering to help someone else or accepting that help yourself?
  • How can you help someone else with the skills and resources you have?  Whom should you seek assistance from?  Who is in the best position to aid you (see Psalm 50:15 above for guidance).

This devotional relates to the scripture used in the book You Are Worthy by Mark Malcolm, coming to Kindle soon.  To be kept up to date on the release of this, and other writings from The Cavalier, join us on Facebook HERE or follow us on Twitter @FirstChevalier
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