People are stubborn creatures. I should know–I am one (a stubborn person). We make a mess of some aspect of our lives, and we think we can fix it on our own. Of all the reasons why this is, I think pride has the most to do with it. We’re proud of our mad skills and abilities, and we think that we can fix anything. What usually happens is that we make a bigger mess.
Psalm 124 is by David, the great king of Israel. He was a professional soldier for most of his life. He often found himself in sticky situations that nearly cost him his life. He could have relied on his crazy military skills to get him out, but he usually relied on God (there were some exceptions). Psalm 124 was written to describe some of those situations where he gave all credit to God for escaping certain catastrophe. Look what he writes in Psalm 124:8,
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
We too often look to the wrong source of strength for help (usually ourselves). None of us, however, have ever spoken anything into existence. God created heaven and earth–He certainly has the power to help us in our time of need.
Where does your help come from from?
Are you one of those people who believes that God helps those who help themselves (not the greatest theology in the world, considering that the Bible is loaded with instances where God helps the helpless)?
Are you one of those people who sits back and expects God to take care of everything, when it’s possible that God could use you?