And That’s Just The Truth
Read Hebrews Chapter 13
Heb 13:5 ……………God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my Helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
One of the biggest problems we see among SSA men and women today is a lack of trust and faith in God. How many of us can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper.”? I can say it easily enough, but oftentimes, if not most of the time, my heart has trouble resting and relaxing in that truth. There is no doubt but that He definitely, most assuredly, is our Helper. Yet, our lives rarely give evidence that we really believe it. What are the reasons why we have trouble taking this truth, this firm promise, into account as we live out our lives?
1. Our thoughts are centered upon the seen rather than the unseen. Today’s trials and troubles are common with all mankind. There are no exemptions from the burdens of life. All men face them. But those who belong to Christ have the ability to look beyond them and find a future ‘silver lining.’ We don’t always choose to do so.
2. Far too often, when we have been beset by the uncertainties of life we have looked to something or someone else for our comfort and help. When we face discouragement, depression, despair, etc., we are too impatient to wait upon our Lord to come to our rescue. Consequently, we turn to useless things; pornography, phone sex, gay bars, that park where we know temporary relief resides, or some of the many other provisions our enemy is all too willing to provide. If we would only wait, God would provide all the help we need. We would learn by experience to trust Him.
3. We don’t always like the kind of help He provides. What we may believe we need is often only a “want” instead of what it best for us. He knows our every need and will not fail to provide it, but He might delay it for a greater purpose. For example, we might want and really need a different job; whereas His will is for us might be to accomplish something for our good or for His kingdom right where we are. He may wish to grow us amid the turmoil of our current circumstance before we move on to something different.
4. We fail to remember all He has done for us in the past. It is a good idea to keep a journal to which we can go as a way of remembering how wonderfully He has been our help in past situations. He is the same source of help today as He was yesterday.
5. Our emotions get in our way. We have a great tendency to think emotionally rather than logically. We believe that what we are feeling is more important than examining the facts rationally. Many of our ‘needs’ are emotionally related. Many times, our emotional need could be satisfied if we would simply calm down and look around us. For example, an SSA man who believes he has no friends or no places where friends can be found more often has not taken a good look around him. God has provided all sorts of places and organizations where good Christian friendships can be found. Our pity parties will continue if we aren’t willing to make the effort.
I’m sure there are many others that you might think of. Plant these truths firmly in your mind: God truly is our Helper. He will never forsake us. We CAN say with confidence, “The Lord is my Helper.”
Prayer: I am the guiltiest of all. Help me be reminded to stop and think, to ponder all of Your truths, and to wait patiently for You to show me that Your help will come, at just the right time and under just the right circumstances.