Where Does My Help Come From?

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”-Romans 8:31 (ESV)

As a result of the fallen state of the world, human opposition is bound to block the most noble and just of causes. It can strike at any time and can come from anywhere while wearing many masks. Often when such opposition comes our way, we tend to lose our momentum and shrink back; thinking we’ve bitten off more than we can chew and consequently, we descend into hopelessness.

It is easy for opposition to get to us and it is easy for it to keep us under the oppressive spirit of defeat and discouragement. But in the wake of opposition God always provides a moment to critically evaluate ourselves and our intentions. Perhaps we have pursued the cause of justice by relying on our own human wisdom and not allowing God to do His work by directing our paths. God will always stand by a just cause because He is by nature just. However, we get easily discouraged and lose valuable time in regaining ground and continuing the fight when we do not have a strong rock on which to stand upon. If his idea of justice and truth is in line with the teachings of Jesus, the Christian has an invaluable ally in Christ; if only he calls upon His name. Only Christ can give the strength and wisdom to pursue truth and justice when it seems that the forces of evil and corruption in the world have overwhelmed such noble, God-given principles. The unscrupulous and corrupt seem to be victorious only for a time. But with God defending those who stand for righteousness and integrity, nothing can overcome them and it is they who shall have the final victory.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Greater Strength

Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” –Exodus 4:10-12 (NIV)

How often do we make excuses when we have been given a task? We will use anything to squirm our way out of additional responsibility if it goes beyond our comfort level. “I can’t do this because of so and so…”. We use things such as our conditions, our lack of time, and our inabilities, to justify our aversion. Sometimes these excuses may be legitimate. At other times they may be only excuses. But both seem to place the capacity to pursue an undertaking or vision solely on human strength and efforts and ignore the fact that there is someone far more powerful and wiling to help.

We rarely take the God factor into the equation when presented with a task or a dream. Even if deep down we would really like to see it happen, we dismiss it as being outside of the realm of our abilities and thus it remains only a nice sentiment, never a reality. But who has created our inner most being? Who knows us inside and out? Clearly not us because half the time we can’t even understand ourselves. God has created us and He knows exactly what He is doing. Furthermore his plans for us are good and He promises this for us. It’s true we cannot do anything on our own efforts of abilities. But if we were to trust in God, it will surprise us that despite our failings He is able to accomplish His good and perfect purposes in a way that will take our breath away when we look back. We should never doubt the power of God to work in our lives for in our weaknesses he makes us strong.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

He who kneels before God can stand before anything.

It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” – Romans 14:11 (NIV)

When I was traveling in India, I came across a church with a sign bearing these words. ”He who kneels before God can stand before anything”. It’s a profound statement. There are times when I feel that life has overwhelmed me. Once I feel comfortable with the rhythm life is at, the tempo picks up speed and the rhythm becomes distorted; leaving me to struggle in an attempt to keep up. Sometimes life seems so confusing, to the point of absurdity, that I often wonder whether I am living in a dream. At times when I feel that life has left me lying on my back, I remember that I serve a God who is constant and unchanging in an often fluid and chaotic world, who stands above the world and keeps it in His hands.

What a great privilege I have, that this same God desires to guide me through the chaos of life. Realizing that the world is fallen He, in His compassion, wants to aid the suffering and redeem His Creation. All that He requires of me is to trust Him in humble submission. Truly I, in my imperfect state, cannot hope to make sense of my own life. I have tried and failed on more than one occasion. But a God who not only has ordained my days for me, but wants to reveal His plan for me should I allow Him to, is the most perfect and compassionate guide to help me sift through and make sense of the disorder that life seems to bring about. By kneeling to Him, I gain the strength and confidence that only He can provide, to brave any storm life seems to throw at me. This is why God allows suffering in the life of the Christian. So that we may grow stronger, both mentally and spiritually, and that we may come out more enlightened than before towards His ways.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.