Devotionals
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May 25, 2017, 5:00 AM

Is it hard for you to ask for help? 


“For I hold you by your right hand, I the Lord your God. And I say to you, don’t be afraid, I am here to help you.” Isaiah 41:13

 

Is it hard for you to ask for help?  Help is such a simple word, but it brings about many feelings and attitudes from within, many of which are not entirely favorable, especially when you’re me.  My feelings run all over the place.  They go from gratefulness to guilt, from frustration to humility.  My mind goes crazy with questions.  Like, how do I deal with this? How can accept help and assistance with grace? How do I kill the guilt that I feel when I have to ask for it?

 

My preferred route is to just bear down and tell myself everything’s fine, isolate, and throw myself at problem.  Life experience has taught me, that I have to take care of things myself.  I have been doing it all my life.  I’ve always taken care of myself, my family, and even my church. I do whatever it takes.  I get it done one way or the other, whatever sacrifice I need to make.  But what I have begun to realize lately is that I have attached “my” to those things in my life that are HIS, I’m HIS, it’s HIS family, and HIS church.  I bet if you were to examine your response to that first question that I would be in very good company.

 

I tell myself things like: “I should be able to handle this. I don’t need to talk to someone about this.  I don’t want to burden anyone else with my issues.” I’m certain I’m not alone in this unhealthy pattern. But in doing this, we’re actually missing God’s design for our needs. God wants us to acknowledge our needs, not hide from them. We are to seek help, even encouraged and commanded to do so!

 

“and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through.” 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3

Consider this scripture, when Paul was unable to go to the church in Thessalonica, sent Timothy to strengthen and encourage them in their faith. Shouldn’t we look at this also as God using others to be His hands and feet, just as he uses us? What about Timothy? He chose to be obedient to God’s call, not only to serve God but to serve both Paul and the Thessalonians.  When God calls an individual to assist us, be it family, friend, or acquaintance, that person is being used directly by God to be His helper, to answer our prayer.  Even if it is not exactly the way we would prefer it to be answered!  God’s call on our live sometimes requires many tasks and duties that we need help with.

 

In Exodus 18, When Moses was called to be the leader of God’s nation he too had many duties. His tasks were never-ending, and when his father-in-law came to visit he encouraged him to utilize others to relieve some of the burden from his own shoulders.  In the end Moses did so. He was still doing as God desired, yet the burden was not as heavy.  We also can see that in Jesus, even though he is God and could do all things. He chose to call men of every background and intellectual level, to be His disciples, His friends, His helpers. Why? Perhaps to show us that the gift of love is demonstrated not just by serving, but being served. Are you willing to accept His gift of love, His Help?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, help me to be willing to say, "I need help".  Forgive me for not recognizing when You send someone to help me and I in my pride or feelings of guilt, choose to not accept it as I should.  Lord, help me to be truly humble, accepting the assistance You so graciously give me, and to be grateful for Your provision.  Jesus bless those who so lovingly offer that help and are allowing themselves to be used by You. In Your name, Amen.


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