Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
Point #4 Ask for help
This is something I’m not good at, asking for help. I like to think I can handle everything on my own. Do you know anyone like that, or maybe you are someone like that? I often think I can bear down and ride out the storm and no one needs to be the wiser. I don’t want to bother anyone with my problems, people have enough trouble of their own without having to take on my issues too. Sometimes I avoid asking for help because I don’t want to admit that I’m struggling. I want everyone to think I’ve got it all together, but the truth is, my pride is in full swing, and I am about to crash and burn. Sure, I go to God for help. It isn’t difficult to admit I’m loosing to God, He already knows everything. However, I am learning that going to God alone isn’t all that He has planned.
The truth is that needing others to get through life has always been a part of God’s plan. From the very beginning He said, “It’s not good for man/people to be alone.” First, He set up families, then governments and now the church. These organisms are the divine plan for creation and ultimately God’s will for all His people. In God’s perfect world all of His family works together and walks through life together, helping each other through.
Today’s verse is about bearing each other’s burdens. In isolating yourself and trying to carry your trouble alone, you are opening yourself up to a fall. Whether great or small, it is a path to stay far from. Even if you do not fall into sin, you are headed for failure and disappointment. Moses faced this battle in the wilderness. After he led God’s people out of Egypt, he let the burden of leading the people fall completely on him. Soon he found out he could not keep up on his own. Instead of being prideful and not wanting to look like he couldn’t handle his mission in life, his father-in-law helped him to see that all the people around him could help with the mission because it was God’s mission (Exodus 18)
In reality, asking others for help ends up blessing them. In Moses’ case, the people felt included and became part of the solution. In your case, it may be different, but the results will be that people will want to help, provided you are not pulling on them constantly to take care of life for you. No, this is a balance. Make every effort to be there for others as much if not more than you are looking to others for help. We all help each other out, everyone doing their part in that way every piece will fit into one body, the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
Today I want to encourage you to ask others for help. Humble yourself and submit your concerns to others for advice, wisdom and comfort. Not all the time, but when you are in a struggle, reach out to others and at minimum ask for prayer. Then look for opportunities to bear others burdens when they are weak and unable to handle life’s pressure. Be an encouragement and always look for ways that you can bless others. In doing so, you will be blessed, and others will want to be there when you need a helping hand.
Today’s scripture reading: Exodus 18