The Lord is my Helper
So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6
How do I respond under pressure? Do I say: The Lord is my helper, I will not fear? It’s not exactly my automatic response, but why not? I know it’s true and I depend on Him to be there every time I am in need. The problem is I am always in need. Even when I don’t know it. I guess I am afraid to boldly declare that God is taking care of me and I have no need to fear because I don’t want to be disappointed if things don’t turn out the way I have planned.
So let’s start back at the beginning of Hebrews 13. This chapter starts out with a list of activities that lead up to this declaration of boldly saying: The Lord helps me and I do not fear what any person can do to me. That list is:
- Love your brothers and sisters in the Lord continuously
- Entertain/welcome strangers
- Do not neglect prisoners and those mistreated
- Give honor to your marriage
- Do not be covetous
- Be content with what you have
- Remember that He said: I will never leave or forsake you.
These are the things that lead us to boldly declare that God is helping us to accomplish the things He has called us to and we are not afraid of anything that any person can do to us. God is actually the one that is helping us to accomplish the list in the previous verses. God helps us to love others. God helps us to be hospitable where ever we are. God helps us to give attention to those imprisoned and mistreated. God helps us to honor our spouse and marriage. God is the one who helps us not to be covetous and to be content with what we have. God is the one who reminds us that He will never leave or forsake us.
This is how we can boldly say the Lord is helping me, because when we complete these acts of goodness and kindness, we recognize that God helped us all the way.
Today I want to encourage you to first of all ask the Lord to help you to: love, entertain, not neglect, give honor, be content and remember He will never leave or forsake you. Then begin to watch for opportunities to walk out the directives listed in this passage. As you see these task being completed through yourself, thank God for helping you and avidly say: The Lord helps me and I have no fear of what people can do to try to stop me. He has plans for you to do even greater things than you have done so far in life, so go ahead and expect and receive His grace to do them.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 13:1-6