Saturday, September 12, 2020
Marriage Night September 12 $30 Per Couple Register Woodmont Baptist Church will be hosting Marriage Night. This event will be simulcast on September 12 or...
Sometimes, I think I can manage things on my own ….looks like I would have learned by now that relying on Him always, and in all things, is the best policy. Philippians 4:13 is a verse that I claim a lot just because I know that my strength definitely comes from Him. It is interesting how we can find ourselves in situations where we need to remember that in a big way. Recently, I found myself really needing to rely on the Lord’s help…. physically.
Have you ever waded through a river in the jungle? Well technically, neither have I….. but it felt like I did just that last week. I accompanied my granddaughter to the Family Day Camp at Earl Trent Assembly. We arrived a little late and our group had already left for the first destination……The Waterfall. My granddaughter assured me that she knew right where to find it. So, here we go. We parked, got out of the car and went straight into the creek….. never mind that when I asked about the bridge we were supposed to cross over to get there, I was assured that this was the way to go. Thankfully, I had my water shoes on and had worn shorts.
It has been a while since I waded down a creek ….I was lots younger and definitely before I had a broken ankle. So I am very careful about walking on uneven ground much less over a creek bottom full of big and little rocks. As we walked further and further, the water got fairly deep in some areas. There were lots of brush, trees and slippery moss on each side, so I couldn’t really climb back onto dry land. I was sure I was going to see a snake and since I was moving extremely slow, I don’t know what I would have done.
As I commented at the beginning, I felt like I was in a movie I had seen where people were wading through water in the jungle. I’m sure it was a sight. We finally arrived at our destination and found our group. I was pretty proud and relieved that I had made it, even though I did need help getting up and across the slippery area around the waterfall….that alone was a miracle.
Sometimes, we have no idea what we will encounter on a daily basis, but we can be assured that the Lord knows. It is comforting to think that when we walk through deep waters or when life seems out of control, we can trust that He is in control.
In January of 2010 Kelly and I welcomed our second son Harrison into the world. We had been told halfway through the pregnancy that Harrison was not growing as he should, but no one seemed overly concerned. On January 8, 2010 we arrived at the hospital for a scheduled C-Section, excited to meet our son, but we were not prepared for the events that occurred in the operating room and in the days and months that followed. I’m not sure I have ever felt so helpless. I was prepared for an exciting birth like I experienced with William, our oldest son, but this was nothing like that experience.
I’m sure that you have experienced something in life that made you feel helpless. What did you do? We did the only thing we knew to do, we looked to God for help. During those early days after Harrison was born more than one person reminded us of Psalm 121.
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
These words brought us much comfort during a time of great difficulty. Knowing and resting in the truth that the maker of heaven and earth was taking care of us gave us peace to face those uncertain days.
Take comfort today in the uncertain times of 2020 that the maker of heaven and earth is your help.
Meditate on these other scriptures about God as our help.
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
1 Samuel 7:12
The Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called it name Ebenezer, for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.”
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty.
2 Chronicles 14:11
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.”
Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
Psalm 30:2, 10
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD be my helper!
The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
Matthew 15:25 (Canaanite Women)
But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Know where your help is from.