Where do you turn when you need help?
The government? Family? Friends?
David knew that ultimately, God is the provider of all our needs.
He may use a friend, family member and sometimes a good old tax return to come our way but ultimately, is it not God who provides even through those?
“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.” Psalm 121:1,2
We talked to a young man recently who told us, “I don’t pray. I figure life happens and I go with it.”
I asked him if maybe the reason he didn’t pray was because he has been disappointed by God. Maybe God hasn’t handled life the way he thinks God should so he doesn’t see the point.
That really struck a chord with him because he had recently watched his father die. Rather than be hurt again, he just won’t trust God at all and most certainly won’t ask Him for help. I can identify with feeling that way at times.
I have had to ask the question: “if God is a helper, what does that look like?”
If God were a genie, He would be like the indulgent parent who always protects us from pain and gives us whatever we want – “Your wish is my command” sort of stuff.
However, He isn’t a genie, but rather a good, loving and relational God who knows that our greatest need of all isn’t what we think we need but ultimately and simply, just…..Him.
Can we trust Him? Can we cry out to Him for help and know that He will provide even if it doesn’t look like we think it should?
If He made heaven and earth, we can rely on the fact that whatever our problem, if we have Him as our helper, we have everything that we need.