On a vacation many years ago, our young grandson saw the teeter-totter after his older brother sat on the end at ground level. Almost instinctively, he wanted to be sitting on the other end. Of course, the problem is that when one is sitting on the lower side, the unoccupied end is up in the air.
He didn’t know the words “A little help, please!” but he knew that his Papa would lift him high onto the teeter-totter seat. So far so good!
But, then, after settling on the high end, he realized there was more to a teeter-totter than just sitting on the seat! There was the weight differential between siblings and gravity was not his friend!
Once seated, he wanted to do it himself. This was, of course, an abject impossibility since he could not even hold himself steady, but he didn’t realize that. His spirit of “I can do it-ism” (is that a word?) was running rampant.
So, Papa stood behind the young teeter-totter rider, holding the seat and guiding the ride so that the older sibling could go up and come back down without such a jolt that the little guy would be thrown into the air. In other words, Papa helped even though the little one believed he was doing it all by himself.
There are times when we, as adults, find ourselves in situations which overwhelm us or which are so complex that we cannot unravel the situation. It is at those times that we should say “A little help, please!”
When we come to the end of our rope, our Lord is standing there ready to catch us. Whatever the need is, our Lord is more than able to handle it according to His will and for your benefit.
Our problem, however, is that we, often, are too prideful to ask for help. We need it, we know we need it, but we cannot seem to say the words, even to those who love us and who are in our physical family as well as our church family of believers.
Scripture repeats over and over again the admonition that we are to help others.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35 ESV.
Help the weak, both believers and non-believers. (For further reference, see 1 Thessalonians 5:14.)
“Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.”
Philippians 4:3 ESV.
Helping here was to be extended to missionaries who labored with Paul, and may require giving funds or providing housing; providing clothes or preparing a meal.
“You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”
2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV.
Helping includes more than merely giving money; it includes praying for the ministry of others.
When Jesus was healing and teaching, a Canaanite woman came to Him seeking healing for her daughter who was severely oppressed by a demon. He did not respond immediately, and the disciples told Him to send her away. He said that He was sent to the house of Israel, distinguishing her since she was a Canaanite. She then persisted in seeking relief for her daughter as follows:
“But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.”
Matthew 15:25-28 ESV
I find it easy to ask the Lord to help me – but it is far more difficult to ask for help from others. This should not be so. By refusing to tell others of our need, we are denying them the blessing of obeying the Lord’s command to supply the needs of others.
Christian, if you have what others need, open your hands and give. Christ gave His life for you; we surely can assist others in their time of need. Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading as you seek to help others.
If you have a need, swallow your pride and tell others of the problem. Find a care group, an individual, an Elder, Deacon or the Pastor at your church, anyone who you feel comfortable speaking with and share the need or concern. Pray with them and then let the Lord lead them in assisting you toward resolution of the problem.
The Lord is still in our world helping others as He did with the Canaanite woman; now He uses our hands and feet to do His work. Allow us to do so by seeking help. It is available through those He leads by His Spirit to work in this world.
Father, may I be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and may I respond joyfully to the needs that present themselves to me. And, may I give to others so that Your Name may be glorified.