Read Hebrews 13:1-8. So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (verse 6)
In most areas of my life, I need a helper. From the littlest details like shaving and brushing my teeth to making a phone call to a friend, I need help to survive from day to day.
My mom is almost always my helper. She is always willing to help me with whatever I need. I have other helpers as well. When my church group goes on a retreat, someone is always willing to help me so I can go. My dad and my brother drive me to where I need to go. No matter who helps me, they usually do it cheerfully.
How does God help his children as it says in Hebrews?
He helps us in a myriad of ways. When we don’t know how to pray, He sends the Holy Spirit to help us. He provides us with a Savior who saves us from our sins. He gives us rain and sun so we can eat and drink, and the list goes on and on.
My mom and other people are willing to help me because they love me. Jesus loves us so much, He was willing to sacrifice his own life by going to the cross so we can live forever. I couldn’t survive without the help of other people. Without Jesus’ help, we couldn’t have a very good life here on earth, and we surely couldn’t live forever in heaven.
As you pray, thank God for the helpers in your life. And thank God for being the greatest Helper of all.
Laman is a writer and public speaker who has lived with cerebral palsy since his birth in 1970. His thoughtful reflections will be familiar to his many devotional readers at Words of Hope from the Reformed Church in America (RCA), and provide a new perspective on following God in every circumstance. Born without enough oxygen, Laman has lived with cerebral palsy his whole life. Steven and his family had to learn and adjust to his disability, and a different life than the one they had planned. But Steven’s story is not a story of loss. It’s a story of God’s provision and abundant grace. In his autobiography, My Journey, God’s Grace, Steven tells the funny, touching, and encouraging stories of God’s guidance on the journey of his life. Steven mixes his own life story of living with a disability with meditations on the Bible. Steven is also the author of two other books: Strength in Weakness and My Grace Is Sufficient. He also volunteers as a teacher’s aide and lives with his parents in Iowa. His autobiography, My Journey, God’s Grace, is available in print, e-book, and audiobook.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone. — Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
I’m not a traditional religious person, so I view things differently. Many years ago, I had a NDE, which was also an out of body experience. This had a very profound effect on my life. But it has taken 40 years for me to understand the meaning of my NDE. It seems the knowledge and understanding has come to me in bits and pieces over many years. There was a moment in my NDE, when I knew I was in the presence of the Source, the Divine, the Creator, God, or whatever someone chooses to call this. What an incredibly beautiful moment. This was the most loving, caring, and kindest “entity” I have ever encountered. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He loves all of us.
We have something called the right of free will. We have the right to choose our path in our human lives. We might select our intended path, or we might select to go in a different direction. But we have many “helpers”, namely angels and spirit guides, who will gently try to nudge us in the direction that is best for us. But, we are never forced to do anything against our will. How did I respond when I encountered the Light during my NDE ? I embraced the Light. This was a very easy decision. An easy choice.
Embrace the Light!