Handling Adversity ~ DAY 83

Exhibiting confidence in a crisis may be uncommon but it is certainly not impossible.  When we believe and trust in God’s presence, power, and provision we can remain calm, composed, and courageously confident no matter what challenges or obstacles we face.  The truth that God will never leave or forsake us gives us confidence and courage to proclaim the words found in Hebrews 13:6.  “So we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

First of all, do we carry ourselves confidently?  And secondly, do we have such confidence in God that we are ready and willing to tell others around us that He is our Helper?  Remember Proverbs 18:21 states that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  What we say to ourselves and others shapes our outlook as well as theirs.  Our words have enormous power for good or evil.  When we use our words to praise God and point others to God, our mouth becomes a fountain of life (see Proverbs 10:11a).  Let us live in such a way that we not only display confidence, even in the midst of a great crisis.  Let us direct those around us to the source of our confidence, the Lord.  This quote in Hebrews 13:6 is taken from Psalm 118:6.  Please read Psalm 56:4, 11 as well as Romans 8:31-39.

Who is our personal Helper?  None other than the Lord!  The Lord refers to the master of the universe who is in complete control of all that He created.  There is no one greater, no one higher that could be a help to us.  This reminds me of the beginning of Psalm 23 except there the Lord is our shepherd.  The reality of the Lord being David’s personal shepherd and life companion causes him to declare, “I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).

The Lord is our Helper.  Do not rush past this phrase just yet.  Ponder this and consider this for a moment.  Meditate upon it’s significance and personal relevance in our lives at all times.  The Almighty One, the King of kings, Lord of lords, the infinite, transcendent, omnipotent, omniscient God is our personal Helper!  We need to grasp this life-changing truth everyday of our lives. 

What kind of helper is the Lord?  The kind who runs on hearing a cry for assistance.  It describes one who supplies urgently needed help and support.  It was used in Bible days to refer to physicians who could alleviate suffering as well as the military where a soldier would run to assist a fellow soldier who had been wounded on the battlefield.

If this description of our God does not inspire and motivate worship, I  do not know what will.  With help from God, we can get through the toughest of life’s challenges.  “The sovereign Lord is my source of strength.  He gives me the agility of a deer;  He enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain”  (Habakkuk 3:19).