Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- February 28, 2011
“The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.” Matthew 15:25
A life lived well requires help from the Lord. Life is like a ship on an open sea: we navigate through calm waters, rough waters, uncertain waters and beautiful waters—but all the time trusting its Creator. The source of our strength must be Christ, or we grow chronically tired. Faith in the Lord triumphs over fear and frustration—this is especially true when someone we love suffers severely and all we can do is lift them up to Jesus.
Indeed, His help happens to those who kneel in humble dependency and cry out to Jesus, “Lord help me!” When the body writhes in pain, we cry for help. When a critical word crushes our spirit, we cry for help. When unanswered questions stalk our mind, we cry for help. When relational conflict emaciates our emotions, we cry for help. Help from heaven gives hope, healing and the energy to push through tough times and trust Him.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him” (Psalm 28:7).
His help gives joy where laughter has left. His help gives confidence in the middle of crisis. His help gives forgiveness when hurt has severed another’s trust. His help harnesses grace and bridles a toxic tongue. His help reaches to the poorest of the poor, the richest of the rich and everyone in between—with His saving grace in Jesus Christ. His help helps.
How can Jesus help you? Do you need wisdom? Ask Him with a humble heart and He will hear and answer your request. His response may come in the form of godly friends who give you wise advice—so look around and listen intently—for the Lord speaks through those who truly love you. Jesus helps those who humbly seek out and trust wise counsel.
“When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge” (Proverbs 21:11).
Furthermore, who do you know that needs the Lord’s help? Have you on bended knee petitioned Jesus on their behalf? Be bold for their sakes and for the glory of God. Go to Jesus, so someone can get to Jesus’ needed healing and forgiveness. Be an advocate for others, as some don’t know what they don’t know—ignorance requires our bold belief on its behalf.
“May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day” (2 Timothy 1:18a).
What help do I need from the Lord? For whom can I seek help from the Lord on their behalf?
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