Thursday, July 7, 2011

Strong to Help

"With God's help!"

How have you heard this phrase used before?

Perhaps you've heard a high school graduate use it when talking about getting into the college they want: "With God's help! I'll get in!"

Perhaps you've heard a mother use it when discussing the disciplining of her children: "With God's help! They'll turn out alright!"

But in these instances, you could substitute the word "hopefully" and it would work just as which I mean that we aren't always seriously putting our trust in God to help us as people in Scripture did when we use the phrase "with God's help"!

If we were putting our trust in God we wouldn't be hopeful in the sense of "I sure hope this turns out alright, because I'm not certain that it will" but we'd be hopeful in the sense of "I am certain this will turn out alright, because God is with me, and He's promised that all things will work together for my good (Romans 8:29)".

When people from Scripture spoke of God as their "help", they spoke this way:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. - Psalm 46:1b, ESV (emphasis mine)

And Asa cried to the LORD his God, “O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O LORD, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.” - 2 Chronicles 14:11, ESV (emphasis mine)

Surely the people in these passages were hoping the best for the future, but they were really trusting in God to help them! They knew that if God helped them, they would surely be helped! Our God does not fail!

I think the difference between them and us is that we speak of God so casually that we forget that He is the Living God - the One True God! He really does help His people, and by thinking small thoughts of the quality of help He offers, we forget just how strong to help He is!

Think BIG thoughts of God! I assure you that when you've thought the highest and the greatest you can of Him, He is higher and greater still!


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