The Lord is my helper. – Hebrews 13:6b
I greatly appreciate the help that my kids offer me, and one another, every day.
On my busiest days, I sigh with relief when I hear, “Can I do something to help you, Mom?”
Their help not only eases the burden of chores, but makes me feel appreciated and respected for the work I do in our home.
A few years ago, however, I didn’t have as much help. I began to resent the evenings I spent alone in the kitchen or at the computer working, while the rest of the family relaxed in the living room.
I remember the night I finally complained about the situation to my husband.
(Well, *complained* is an understatement. I’m sure tears were involved.)
After I had finished venting, my husband said gently, “Well, dear, you just have to ask. It’s not like we won’t help you.”
At first, I was miffed by this response. My family should have sensed my stress and offered to help! I shouldn’t have had to ask.
But God didn’t create mankind to be mind-readers.
So, I began to ask for help, though I felt guilty about it at first. But I quickly realized that asking my children to help with tasks of all kinds, from daily chores, to overseeing computer backups, to doing yard work, was as beneficial to them as it was to me. They were learning – and still are learning – all sorts of things that I didn’t learn to do until I became an adult.
I just had to ask.
As I became more comfortable with asking my kids for help, it occurred to me that I should ask the Lord for far more help as well.
Why struggle with life’s problems alone, when Almighty God has designated himself to be our helper?
God’s resources are endless. I don’t ever need to consider if he is tired or overwhelmed. I don’t have to check his schedule or his workload before I ask him for his aid.
So, I pray daily for help. I ask for a calm spirit, a kind tongue, an organized mind, a good night’s rest, wisdom for the future, and more. If God were anyone else, he would think I was a pest!
And consider this: according to biblehub.com, the Hebrew word for helper means one who can provide “the right aid in time, to meet an urgent, real need.”
God is instantly accessible. He knows what we need, when we need it. He is perfectly qualified to be our best helper ever.
We just have to ask.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. – Psalm 121:2, 3
Do you struggle with trying to accomplish everything on your own?
How does God help you every day?
I welcome your comments.