Thursday, February 9, 2017
In the late 60’s, another of the Beatles hits, had these words “I’ll get by with a little help from my friends.” Though, never too much of a Beatles fan, I was thinking about the message of these words recently which contain some truth. It was a reminder to me that, because we are human, we all need a little bit of help from our friends from time to time. Whether it is pride, shame, or something else, we all know people who obviously could use the help of others but insist on going it alone.
As children of God, we all know that He is our main source. The writer of Psalm 121 voiced this truth with these words: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 46:1 says it this way: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” That really can’t be said of anyone other than the Lord. He is the only One we really can’t do with out. Even so, we also need a little bit of help from human beings from time to time. Please note that I said “little.” In comparison to God’s, all human help, though desired, encouraged, and necessary, is “little.” A man was asked once: “Don’t you ever get a little bit of help from your friends?” He replied: “Yes, very little.”
I am reminded of the account in the 18th chapter of Exodus where Moses was wearing himself out by trying to judge God’s people all by himself. Very often he did that from sunrise to sunset. Following his father-in-law’s sound advice one day, he chose proven and able men from all Israel to help him Only the cases that were too hard for these judges, were brought to Moses. That plan worked out well and helped Moses very much, as well as the people. It is not a sin to seek the help of friends when we need them. If you need it, I pray you will let others help you. It will be good for you, as well as for them.
God’s word for today: (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”