"I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." (Ps 121:1–2)
Where do you go, most naturally and quickly, for help?
Whether it's wisdom for a decision or direction you are not sure about, or provision when you're in need, or power when you need breakthrough...where does your heart quickly go to for help?
The truth is, if we're honest, that our hearts quickly go to all sorts of places. Some of them are good - the help and wisdom of others, and some of them are not so good - distractions, escapes, and fears to name a few.
David writes with confidence in the quoted Ps 121 above that God was His sure and certain source of help. Born of years of learning and discovery, with trial and error no doubt, David knew where His first and most reliable source of help always came from.
Is God Your Constant Help?
He can be. He is the God who promises, as the Prophet Jeremiah declares:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls..." (Je 6:16).
God's promise to us is to show us His ancient paths. Ancient paths that are good, that in practice create rest for our souls. In Jesus - in seeking Jesus - we find this and every promise of God fulfilled (2 Corinthians 1:20). And I am glad, because I know I and the world around me needs more paths that create rest for our souls in walking in them.
Is this not the picture above of a restful, restorative path? I could quite easily spend hours just strolling down a path like this, exploring where it leads. And this is a great picture of the restful ways God calls us into. They are ways of restoration. Walking in them, we find hope restored, we meaning restored, we find courage restored, we find power restored.
Prayer is essential to discovering these ancient paths, these paths that provide rest for our souls. Prayer is the home of help. Prayer is where we find God, time and time again, and thus we find His help.
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Helped to Be Helpful
As we enter into a month of prayer, and seek to Make Room for Jesus, People and the New, prayer is essential for us. Prayer is, in essence, the place where we are helped, in order to become increasingly helpful to others.
Joining with you in seeking the help of God, in order to help others!