Week 4: HELP ME
by: Susan Keller, LAMB board chair
The Apostle Paul was a giant of a man. He had the finest religious and secular education. He was brilliant. It helps me to know that he had weaknesses.
Yet, Paul knew where to go with them – straight to Jesus. The grace the Lord promises in this verse is His help in the face of our weakness. It is His power to do what we can’t do in and of ourselves.
Sometimes all you can pray is “Help me, God.”
There aren’t any other words for when you know who you are—and that you are not enough for the situation ahead.
For me, left to my own devices, I am not strong. I am not courageous. I am self-centered. I can say stupid and insensitive things. I can make mistakes. Faced with a hard assignment, I would rather just stay in bed. There have been many days when I have been totally at the end of myself with nothing inside for the day ahead.
You’ve heard people say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” The truth is that He often does give us more than we can handle. Paul said, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life…but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God…(2 Corin 1:8b-9).”
God’s help is just that, from God!
God’s help is perfect power for what is needed. And even better, relying on God’s help allows those around us to see what only God can do.
Question: What weakness or struggle might God be using in your life to show you and others the workings of His power and grace?
Lord, I praise you that your grace is sufficient for everything that I face this day. Help me to rely on you, and help others to see your glory as you work in my life. I pray your kingdom would come and your will would be done in me and through me in my everyday life—on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.