Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Need For God's Help

Years ago, while living in California, I was walking through the aisles of a grocery store when suddenly the shelves began to shake. Items fell to the floor and the lights went out and people began to push and shove. A man standing near me shouted, “God, if I ever need Your help it’s right now. Please save me!”
David must have felt that way as he faced a large and well-trained army waiting for him in a heavily fortified city. His heart must have been filled with fear - and rightly so. The city was situated among rugged hills and was almost inaccessible. He knew the enemy was waiting for him, prepared and seemingly invincible. So, he too, called on God. “Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?”
Realizing the greatness of his enemy and his need for help he prayed, “Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”
All of us face our “Edom’s.” It may be in the form of a dreaded disease and there are no more options. It may be the dissolution of a marriage and children will be left with feelings of fear and wonder. It may be the loss of a loved one and feelings of grief that haunt us night and day. It may be the loss of a child to an addiction. It may be the result of an accident that leaves a spouse paralyzed. It may be the confinement of a prison cell with little hope for freedom.
We all face our “Edom’s.” Yet, we can all pray with David, “With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.” No enemy can escape God.
Prayer: Give us faith and fortitude, Father, to look to You for victory through Christ our Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 108:12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.

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