Help!

It’s ETERNITY WEEK here on GUWG, where all week long we’re lifting our eyes and looking at things from God’s perspective.

My most frequent prayer consists of one word:

HELP!

That one little word captures the basic human condition in a nutshell. The Beatles put it this way:

HELP!

GUWG-Help-Hands“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:37-40)

Those are some rather sobering words straight from the mouth of Jesus. Here’s more:

HELP!

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:37-40)

Those are some rather sobering words straight from the mouth of Jesus. Here’s more:

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42)

Be generous to the poor. (Luke 11:41)

Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:8)

Sell all your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Matthew 19:21)

Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. (Luke 12:15)

Woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. (Luke 6:24-25)

Yikes.

Help!

My most frequent prayer consists of one word:

HELP!

That one little word captures our basic human condition in a nutshell. The Beatles put it this way:

Help!
I need somebody
Help!!
Not just anybody
Help!!!
You know I need someone
HELP!!!!

When I find myself in times of trouble, the problem usually is one of perspective: I’m looking at things from my tiny little human viewpoint, rather than God’s. Here’s a great Psalm that I use to remind myself to stop whining and look up:

PSALM 121

(A song of ascents.)

I lift up my eyes to the hills–
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip–
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you–
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm–
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.