“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep,” Psalm 121: 1-4
We all need a little help sometimes!! When we go through challenges and difficulties it’s comforting to know that our heavenly father is always there to help us. I’ve found that it takes humility to seek God’s help. Sometimes we can be distracted, impatient or prideful and bypass God to try and help ourselves or try to seek help from people. The first step to receiving God’s help is acknowledging that he is the main source of our help.
In Psalm 121 David already knew this and had been through enough in his life and was fully convinced that all his help comes from God. He asked the question: “Where does my help come from? But David already knew the answer and let everyone know: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth,” Psalm 121: 1-2. God is so powerful that he made heaven and earth so he is more than able to him help us with our problems.
This all sounds great but when issues come we panic and God can be the last person that we go to for help. We run to people who can barely deal with their own issues instead of going to God for help FIRST. We’ve heard the scriptures but they can be quickly forgotten when we’re faced with uncomfortable and sometimes painful situations.
I’m a journalist and I write news and analysis about European oil and gas companies. When I started my job around 15 months ago I found it hard. Every news organisation has its own house style and I struggled to write in the way they wanted. For the first 6 months, EVERY time I wrote an article I’d be taken into the meeting room by my Editor and he’d present me with my article that was covered in red pen full of corrections and mistakes. I’m grateful that he was patient and very nice about trying to help me.
Finally, after several months of being taken into the meeting room and having my articles re-written I got bored and frustrated because I wasn’t getting it. No matter how hard I tried I wasn’t writing the way they wanted me too. I finally humbled myself and cried out: “Lord, help me to write in the way they want!!!” ONLY then, did God intervene and help me. Several months later, God has given me the Grace to write the way they want me to and the articles that I submit are edited with hardly any changes.
The Holy Spirit lives inside us and is our helper so why didn’t I seek help sooner? I could’ve saved myself several months of frustration. So, I enquired from the Holy Spirit why I didn’t ask for help sooner. The word spoken to me was PRIDE!! Errrrr what? The Holy Spirit said that I resisted the help from my Editors and I didn’t seek help from the Holy Spirit because I had pride in my heart and I thought that “I didn’t need help”. Oh WOW!!! What a revelation!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve been a journalist for ten years and I thought that I was “experienced enough” to know what I was doing. The Holy Spirit can only help us if we humble ourselves first and acknowledge that we need help. “But he gives more grace, therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble,” James 4:6.
I had no idea that I had pride in my heart!!! I’m so grateful that the Holy Spirit gave me a heart check. I encourage you all to humble yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for the help you need. You will be given the grace that you need to do whatever you need to in Jesus name.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring your remembrance all that I said to you,” John 14: 26.
God is faithful.