"I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
There was one word on my heart yesterday as I asked the Lord what to share with the youth; little did I know that it would bleed into other areas the rest of the day. Help. It is something we all need from time to time, but it isn't a word always easily expressed.
Why is it difficult to ask for help? Because it is humbling. It is admitting that you cannot do something on your own. It's a pride thing. The thing about pride - destruction follows closely behind it.
We jump to challenges and say, "I got this." We love for everyone to see what we are good at, while hiding our weaknesses behind the muscle in our personality. We may battle addiction but think that we can kick the habits on our own. We may struggle with infirmity but think that we can take care of things on our own. Why can't we wake up and realize that the weaknesses that cause us to need help are actually a unique gift from the Lord?
If He had made us superhuman, we would never cry out to Him. If I can do all things through myself, I wouldn't depend on Christ. I encountered one of my strongest weaknesses recently and finally reached the point of saying to the Lord, "I need help." I had not even realized that I was trying to handle it on my own without bothering Him with it.
The apostle Paul learned to boast of what showed his weakness. The Lord taught him that His grace was enough to be strength for him. We were sent the Helper when the Holy Spirit came from the Father. Do we listen and pay attention to Him? Or are we preoccupied with proving to the Lord that we got this?
I dare you to recognize the areas of your life in which you truly need help. Then take a step further - ask for it. Depend on Him. Yes, it is humbling to need help, but maybe that's the whole point. I dare you to be different - be thankful for your weaknesses.
Father, please don't ever let me get to the point of feeling like I can do things on my own. I thank You for my weaknesses and infirmities, for the struggles that remind me of how much I need You and others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10