John 4:7 (KJV) 7There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
As believers, we’re more blessed giving than receiving; we’re more blessed helping than being helped. But clearly, it isn’t sinful to ask for help; it doesn’t necessarily make us less effective in our testimony and in proclaiming the Good News. In fact, the Lord can even use that exactly for the purpose of the Good News.
We can’t be too proud to ask for help. We’re not of this world but we’re still in this world. We need food, clothing, shelter, transportation. We don’t expect all of those to be coming from Christian-owned businesses; we will use items produced by non-Christian-owned businesses.
We’re not here to bless believers alone; we’re here to love our neighbors—which include the lost and unbelieving. We will use their products, and praise God, we help them succeed and prosper. That’s love. Asking for their help may be a way we can build relationship with them—a relationship that will give us opportunities to shine the light of Jesus through us to them. That’s good.
Ezekiel 34:31 (KJV) 31And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.
Because the Lord is our shepherd, we’re one blessed flock.
The most caring, most loving, most powerful being is watching over us. We’ll find no greater assurance and comfort than that.
Either as sheep or as human beings, we’re wonderfully blessed to have the LORD as our Shepherd and our God. We are not always as wise; we’re very dependent; we have lots of limitations; we get lost very easily; we need lots of help. Praise God, our Shepherd is the best Shepherd there is. He’s a good Shepherd. Where He leads us, we follow. Why not? He feeds us, guides us, leads us, protects us, loves us…
Psalm 118:7 (KJV) 7The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
No matter how hard our problems, no matter how numerous and how powerful our enemies are, we don’t fear. We believers no longer live for ourselves but for Him Who greatly loves us and Who mercifully saved us. We’re for Him; He’s for us. He helps us and will never fail doing so.
We’re sincerely committed to living uprightly; we strive to walk faithfully before our Lord. We don’t selfishly pick and choose which part of His Word we would believe and obey. Loving our enemies is not an easy task, but we do. Given a choice, we would rather not have enemies in the first place. But we can’t deny the obvious reality and increasing presence of evil. No matter how much we treat everyone lovingly, there are those who see us and treat us as their enemies.
Because we choose God; because we abide by His ways; because we refuse to be a part of lawless and godless systems, we experience indifference, disapproval, hatred, and even violent attacks from lawless and godless people. That’s natural—not pleasant—but that’s the truth. What’s interesting though is how we see our loving desires and prayers come to fruition. They get saved; we see them undergo even drastic and unbelievable but genuine changes.
Praise God, He can make friends an families out of our enemies. The moment they turn away from their godless ways, place their full dependence on our precious Lord Jesus for their salvation, and bow their hearts in surrender to Him, they become children of God—our spiritual brothers and sisters. But you may ask, “What about those who decide to continue in their crooked ways: what about those who continue to attack you?” We’re neither worried not afraid. Our victorious Lord has made us overcomers—more than conquerors.
Isaiah 6:5 (KJV) 5Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
The prophet Isaiah realized the sobering truth of His wretchedness and gave at least two reasons for His clear realization and humble admission. The first reason he gave was the uncleanness of his lips. The interpretations of which vary, but we can generalize it as uncleanness. This uncleanness wasn’t only in his personal sphere but even communal—the people around him were also unclean. The second reason he gave was him seeing the Lord. Seeing the Lord in His majesty and utter holiness has that kind of effect.
The holiest of us, left to ourselves, are unclean. The unholy in the presence of the Most Holy isn’t a good scenario unless it’s a process of cleansing and forgiveness. No matter how highly people esteem themselves to be, no matter how self-righteous, how much better they see themselves to be in comparison to others, their exaggerated view of themselves will embarrassingly shrink when presented with the picture of their true state and presented before the presence of the one and only true holy God.
It’s a good first step though to humbly admit our spiritual bankruptcy. It’s those who realize the poverty in their spirit who receive the kingdom of heaven. It’s good to see Who the answer to our need is. He Who is Holy lovingly, willingly, graciously, and abundantly imparts His holiness to those who reach out to Him in full dependence and surrender. We’re hopeful even when we see what’s devastatingly wrong with us, knowing that Someone can make it wonderfully right.
Numbers 11:23 (KJV) 23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.
The Lord’s question is rhetorical. There’s not a moment when God’s power has ever drained. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All His promises, in Christ, are “yes” and “amen.” We have confidence in Him; there’s no reason to murmur, complain, or be disappointed. He still provides a road in the wilderness; He still pours down rain from heaven, and He still makes the sun to shine.
“His eyes are on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.” He watches over us. His hands still always give us light in the darkness, salvation from our sins, peace in the middle of chaos, protection from all dangers. That’s why we’re fearless—whatever happens to the world, whatever others do to us. His mighty arms are still able to prepare a table before us even in the presence of our enemies. We may be surrounded by those who want to do us harm, but our hearts beat quietly and we sleep peacefully through the night.
John 3:16 (KJV) 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus—Christmas, is an extremely clear statement and demonstration of love and salvation. God loves us. He desires all of us to be saved. That’s the reason why He generously gave us the best and most valuable Christmas gift ever: God’s Son wrapped in humanity cloak. The little Baby laid in a manger is God’s gentle yet profoudly emphatic declaration that imperfect and fallen humanity has hope.
One of the worst feelings is that of being unloved. So many people all around the world suffer this tragedy. It’s not that they don’t love; it’s that their deep and true love isn’t reciprocated. True love is willing to give without anything in return, but it does really feel wonderfully great when it’s returned, or when you receive it even from another source/s. I’ve learned it from somewhere before: love is man’s greatest need. In the context that God is love, I agree.
Love came—in the person of God’s Son. The majestically and perfectly pure Darling of Heaven willingly came in complete submission to the Father. Here on earth, He lived to die; He left the heights of heaven to descend to the depths of hell. The beautifully wrapped Perfection was to be horribly and cruelly desecrated and destroyed. It didn’t deter Him; He willingly offered His body as a living sacrifice: truly holy and acceptable to His Father and totally beneficial to us.
In humble and truthful admission of our desperate need of Him, we bow and walk in complete yieldedness to His Lordship and total dependence in Him as our Savior. Gratefully, we offer ourselves in love and obedience—in peaceful and joyful awareness of the truth that all He wants for us is the best, comforted in knowing that He’s absolutely able to take us there.
Isaiah 46:4 (NLT) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
God is committed to you and me, and His commitment is for life. His involvement in our lives started even long before we were born, i.e., even before the world was created. He knitted us together in our mother’s womb–fearfully, wonderfully. He never left us; He never will. He’s around us, with us, and for believers like us, He’s in us.
He’s our Lord and Master, but He’s not a slave-driver; He’s not a cruel taskmaster. He cares for us way much more than we realize, more than anyone does. He perfectly knows what’s best for us, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows even the very numbers of our hair. He knows everything we’ve been through although we may have forgotten some of them. He knows what we’re undergoing, and He knows what’s ahead of us–things we can only guess and hope for.
We don’t carry our burdens; we turn them all over to Him. No; He doesn’t mind that at all; in fact, that’s what He wants us to do. We’re His children; He’s delighted when we come to Him humbly like a little child. With complete dependence and faith-filled abandon, we jump right into the loving, mighty arms of our heavenly Father. There we find our joy; there we find our safety.