When you see a storm approaching in your life, one that you know is too big for you to handle, where do you turn for help? On whom or what do you rely?
The prophet Isaiah said
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
or seek help from the Lord. ~ Isaiah 31:1
In our own day, people are no different from those who lived in Isaiah’s time. When people see disaster headed their way, some turn to those they think they can count on to help bail them out-friends or “contacts” (Egypt, in Isaiah’s case). Others rely on material resources they can touch and see (horses). Still others rely on “numbers” (multitude of chariots). Some depend on the sheer power of their own resources (the great strength of their horsemen).
Yet God says, “Seek help from the Lord”. All the time we’re looking to other sources, God wants us to look to Him and call on Him for help. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask God for help; it’s a sign that we trust that He will come to our aid. When we call, we believe He will answer. This is no puny, incapable God we’re turning to. No way! He is the “Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2). And, what’s more, He is our Father.
In the cartoon strip “Rose is Rose”, Mom is looking up at the approaching storm clouds as she says to her little boy standing beside her, “The weather service says a big storm is headed this way! Does that frighten you, Pasquale?” Pasquale looks at his dad looming above him and asks, “Is it bigger than DADDY?”
When we are confronted with a big storm, the question is, “Is it bigger than our Father-our heavenly Father?” Hardly! Well, in that case,
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
In a big storm, we need more help than friends can give us-or money can buy-or great personal resources can provide. We need help from the Lord. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses,” says Psalm 20:7, “but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” He is bigger than any storm we will ever face.
*adapted from Encouraging Words for Women~Darlene Sala*