May I make a statement which, depending on your current challenges or past experiences you may consider preposterous? Here is the statement:
God’s children are never without help.
My audacity in making this statement is not based on wishful thinking but on the word of One who is completely and constantly trustworthy. The One who says He will not alter alter the word that has gone out of His lips ( Psalm 89:34, NKJV), He does not lie, and will make good on what He has spoken (Numbers 23:19, NKJV) . He is also the One of whom it is testified in Joshua 21:45, “ Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.” This same One, who never changes, also had recorded for us that He is our help and the source of our help. Here are some examples:
“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me” (Psalm 54:4, NIV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth
(Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV)
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah.
(Psalm 46:1-3, NKJV)
How then can we explain the times when we felt helpless (unable to do something to make a situation, task, etc., better or easier”) and although we asked, begged, pleaded with God for help, the situation did not change? I wonder if during these times, we do not recognize the help He provides because it is not in the form we requested? For example, can it be that help came and comes in the form of grace and strength to endure, to keep trusting God, to offer what some songwriters refer to as “a broken Hallelujah, although our circumstances did/do not change?” The challenge can be not only to choose to believe that the help He promises will come, but also to trust Him to send it in the form that He knows is best for us.