Thursday, December 01, 2005

God helps those who seek Him

It is in abiding in God's love and wiating for His leading that we have protection. It is in seeking God that we find our glory. It is in Christ we have salvation. God is our refuge. The psalmist says, "Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him" (Psalm 62:8) We aren't to hold back from God - I was once told that "God helps those who help themselves." I'm not sure I can agree with this, especially in the context it was presented to me. The phrase implies that we are to act upon our own strength and wisdom and when we do then God will help us.

But as I look at the Scriptures I do not see this theme. I see that it is in waiting on the Lord, in trusting Him in all things, that He helps us. The Lord goes before us to make a way for us, so it is in our best interest to wait on the Lord. When we wait on the Lord and strive to act within His will we can take comfort in knowing that we are walking with God and that He is our defence and our refuge. We can find peace, grace, and provision in His will.

In times that seem hopeless to the world we can cry out to God in the spirit and know that He hears us. We can take comfort in the fact that even if evil is done against us, God will deal with each person eventually, we all will have to stand accountable before the Lord and that He will render unto each of us what is due (Psalm 62:12, Revelation 22:12), and we can rejoice in knowing that all things work together for the good of those who trust the Lord (Romans 8:24-28). God can take something meant for evil and use it to bless. So, knowing that, what have we to fear? If God is for us, truly, who can be against us and prevail? No one.

Verses of interest
Psalm 35:3, 9-10, 28
Psalm 37:5
Psalm 56:3-4, 13
Psalm 57:1-2, 6-7
Psalm 61:2, 4-5, 8
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8, 12
Psalm 63:7
Romans 8:24-28
Revelation 22:12

1 comment:

Helen said...

You are so right on the mark about waiting on God and I like your title turn of phrase.

In today's culture it is all about NOT waiting on God and waiting is a hard thing to express to those who believe to do it in their own strength.