Thursday – June 29, 2023

2 CHRON. 5-7; PSALM 121; 1 TIM 4

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By Becky Hill Martin

Psalm 121:2

My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth!

Asking people for help is not in my DNA. I’m more the -loop all 20 grocery bags on each arm, close the trunk with my elbow and kick open the door rather than ask a family member for help- kind of person. I doubt I’d ask for help if I was tied to a railroad track by an evil villain with a train bearing down on me. And I’m always surprised when someone offers to help me. I never know how to act. I either say, “Thank you,” and hand them the lightest thing. Or I say, “No thanks, I’ve got it.” When I obviously don’t “got it.”

Because my first instinct is not to ask people for help, I forget to ask God for help until there’s some sort of nuclear meltdown in my life.  Why do we wait until the last minute to ask God for help? It’s not like the Lord is going to post our messiness on Instagram for the world to see. No – He is always helping us 24/7. We honor Him when we acknowledge what we need and ask Him for it.  God never makes us feel guilty about asking for help. He designed us to ask for help. Just look at the story of the creation of man – Genesis 2:18 – “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

When we ask God for help, it pleases Him like when a child asks something of a father. And when we ask other people for help, it enables them to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.


Lord, forgive me when I try to do things on my own out of stubbornness and pride. I can make a trainwreck out of everything when I don’t begin by asking for Your help. Remind me to graciously accept when you use others to provide that help. Amen.”