Hi everyone. Rob here.
This morning I found myself thinking about Psalm 121. It starts like this:
I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
I love the picture of the Psalmist pausing, taking a deliberate moment, and reminding himself that his help comes from the Lord and no one else. It is a good reminder to us to do the same. There are a lot of voices trying to tell us that they are our help. This is especially so in election season, as it is here in New Zealand and in the United States. And it’s true that an effective government is a very helpful thing. Many things, many people and many institutions are helpful, but God alone is my ultimate help.
The Psalm tells us why. He is the “Maker of heaven and earth.” He is personally invested in his creation. John 3:16 tells us how far this personal inestment goes:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
We know that God’s help comes because God’s help came. Through Jesus God came for us. He came to invite us home; to take our place in God’s kingdom as restored human beings, forgiven, free and alive.
Like you, I need help. Often. I need help to be courageous and not give in to fear. I need help to be kind and loving and not selfish and self-protective. I need help to live by faith and not by sight when the heartbreak of the world starts to create cynicism and despair in me. I need help to be hopeful, joyful and trusting. I need help when I’m tired, sad and angry. I need help always. And I can’t find the help I need anywhere except in God.
So I look to Jesus:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me (John 15:4).
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).’
Jesus is our help. In these uncertain times there lies an invitation. Cling to Jesus. Jesus knows the way from death to life. He is the good shepherd and the king of the kingdom. He is our hope and our life. He knows the way.
I am the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6).
Yes he is. Emulate the Psalmist. Take a deliberate moment and ask yourself – “where does my help come from.” Where are you looking for your help? To whom are you looking for your help? If your answer isn’t Jesus then it’s time to change course and make that correction. You’ll be glad you did.
Grace and peace.