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Read Psalm Chapter 121
Ps 121:1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— He who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
No, our help does not come from the hills, as many have misinterpreted. Our help comes from the Lord. Over the course of my lifetime, I have sought out many different kinds of “help.” As I have searched for something to alleviate the sadness, dissatisfaction, despair, and desperation, many different things have been sought after. Even now, when experiencing some kind of downturn, the allurement of earthly things tempts me. Some of them are not inherently wrong; they are just wrong under certain circumstances.
What we have to understand is – that when we are having the normal difficulties of life, we want relief. When we are depressed, we look for something to give us a pick-me-up so that we will have some relief. Here are some things we are tempted to turn to during those times.
Food – It seems that having something good to eat soothes the soul.
Shopping – Some men and women receive a dose of feel-good by purchasing something they want.
Working out – Expending energy gives some people an emotional high.
Recreation – Golfing, fishing, or some other pastime can take our minds off of our difficulties.
Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with these things if used as a temporary fix as long as they don’t serve as a replacement for turning to god. They cannot deliver the permanent kind of help we really need during trying times. They can make us feel better, but they will not solve any of our problems. They should not be the sources of “help” that we seek as a way of permanent solutions to our bad circumstances. Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
There are other things, inherently wrong, which tempt us during difficult times. The SSA man or woman may be tempted to open the computer looking for an “upper.” Men are especially vulnerable to other lures; an unholy chat room, an anonymous meeting at a park, masturbation, or just a binge of lusting. Perhaps the most common mistake we make is to worry. Anxiety and worry are useless answers. None of these things are of any value in getting us through a crisis. In fact, they actually have a counter-result; they make our problems worse.
When we face our life’s troubles, there is only one place that we should go. We are to go to our Lord. Recently, we had another round of car troubles, adding another $900 to the total of repair bills encountered over the past year. As I sat contemplating how to deal with this new woe, I began to understand more clearly how God is my only source of comfort. I realized that there was no other option but to submit that problem over to the Lord, throw it at His feet, and walk away. I would be ashamed to tell you how many times I have worried, stewed, fretted, etc. over that kind of situation. This time I didn’t. I wasn’t happy over the new development, but I didn’t waste time worrying about it. I hope I can conger up the same reaction next time.
Ac 17:28 ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’
There is an even greater application. At the end of time on this earth, what or who will be there to help us? Will porn, any kind of sexual gratification, food, material possessions, fun activities, or any other of the things we have turned to, help us in any way? Will there be anything or anyone there to help us when we face our Father? There will be Someone there to help, and He is the one and only source of help available to us. That person is Jesus Christ. He will turn to the Father and say, “He is one of My brothers. He is Your child.” Now THAT is help!!
Prayer: You are indeed our only source of help. Forgive us for turning to other things in our hour of need. Thank You for the surety that Your help will never fail. Thank You for Your faithfulness and trustworthiness.