But that is as long as you look up to the LORD and depend on His help rather than on your own strength.
"Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame." (Isaiah 50:7)
None of us is strong or smart enough to make it on our own. We all need the help of God to take us into the Promised Land, and to possess God’s promises to us.
At the age of 85, Caleb initiated an enterprise to dislodge giants from their ancestral homes! The younger men may have trusted in their youthful strength. The warriors may have depended on their prowess, skills, and experience. But Caleb’s trust rested on God’s help.
"Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said"." (Joshua 14:12).
Mark that line in his confession, “the LORD helping me.” He understood that with the LORD’s help, age would never constitute a barrier!
The help of God will take you beyond the limits imposed by your natural weaknesses and deficiencies.
So I encourage you today to learn how to surrender to God and give in to His strength.
The journey is very far, and the calling is too high. Many faint and perish on the way, not because God is unable, but because they trusted in their flesh.
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Put your hope, your trust, and your confidence in God. He never grows tired or weary. He does not sleep nor slumber. And He will never fail you if you depend upon Him for help.
Knowing the demand and challenges of the journey, God gave us an able Helper – the Holy Spirit. His job is to encourage, inspire, strengthen, and enable us to fulfill our destiny in Christ.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1)
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-" (John 14:16)
"So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"" (Hebrews 13:6)
He is our Helper.
So, let us learn to employ His help!
You must stop struggling by yourself and ask Him to take over and do His job in us.
How do you do this?
Well, simply say ‘Oh LORD help me!’
Yes, it’s that simple.
Do you find it difficult to pray? Ask Him to help.
Do you find it hard to read and understand the Bible? Then ask Him to help.
Do you have problem with a besetting sin? He is there to help.
Do you have problem growing your business? Invite His assistance.
Do you have problem in your home and relationships? Seek His help.
Are you stagnant and struggling financially? Ask Him to help you out.
Are you having a rough time with your schooling? He can help.
Are you terrified by the uncertainties of tomorrow? He knows exactly how to help you. Get Him involved.
The most powerful prayer I’ve ever prayed in my life has continued to be ‘Lord help me.‘
Asking for His help is an act of humility.
Humility is wisdom, and attracts the help of God.
Some trust in their chariots and horses – physical talents, looks, connections, etc. That’s ok, and I’m not in any way jealous of them. I may not have those. But I have the Helper! So I’m not disadvantaged in any way.
If you think you can, that’s ok. In fact, it’s cool and cute. But I choose to believe that He can.
Oh LORD help us!