So Help Me, God

“The knowledge of God is the most glorious treasure anyone could possess, yet in most civilized countries there is but one institution engaged in promoting that knowledge, and even that institution is not working very hard at it.” A. W. Tozer

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.” Psalm 63:1-2

It’s sad that the truth about God and his Son, Jesus, is hidden from many in our world today? I couldn’t believe it when two years ago I encountered a 40+ yr old woman who did not know even the basics of Christianity. Forget that she did not know about the Old Testament, the prophets, the Jewish plight in the world. She did not know basic, fundamental, childhood stuff about Jesus either. I thought to myself, how could she not know? Then I remembered that the Christian faith is not taught in school any more. Nor is it taught in many courtrooms in our land.

A friend of mine testified in court a while ago without being asked to place hand on Bible or repeat after the bailiff: I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Am I the only one who thinks removing this pledge from our court proceedings makes it easier, not harder, to lie?  Many in our world seem to have no fear of Biblical principles or the God who watches on, taking into account the sins of the world.

SoHelpMeGod (3)So help me, God.

I wonder:  Are people asking the Lord to help them these days? Are they asking God to help them make wise choices?  Are they asking Him to help them be generous, or find love in their hearts for the unlovely? Are they mindful that God is alive and willing to help them live better lives? Are they aware that He has the inside scoop on every aspect of human existence?

So help me, God.

Are people relying on God to make them well, or are they relying on drugs, doctors, diets and disease prevention magazines? Don’t get me wrong, I rely on these things too, from time to time.  I just wonder:  Do they pray before they go to the doctors, asking God to steer them in the right direction?  Do they ask Him to help them connect with the physician they will have assigned to them, and give them wisdom about the right course of action once a diagnosis has been confirmed? To what extent are they trusting in new technologies, before they trust in the One who created their bodies and knows how each internal system works at optimum efficiency?

So help me, God.

Are mothers and fathers asking God to help them raise their children these days? Are they on their knees at night, asking God to bring salvation to those little hearts and souls? Are they touching downy heads, and verbally asking God to “bless this child today with your presence and protection?” Are they doing all they can to make their homes places where God is glorified?  Are they encouraging their children to hold a Bible in their hands, sing spiritual choruses, and make craft projects that remind those wee ones of Christ’s place in the home and their hearts? Are they praying to God for a quiet day, a fun outing with friends, or a chance to once more reaffirm God’s love for their children?

So help me, God.

Are church members praying for their pastors every day? Are they asking God to bless their administrative board with insight and intuitive thoughts about what is next for their church? Are we giving attaboy’s to those who are consciously incorporating Jesus into their every day lives–recognizing SS teachers who actually teach from the Word, applauding evangelical opportunities seized? Do we ever know when someone has come to faith in Christ because our sister or brother prayed and would not stop praying until it happened? We hear about the conversions our Pastor has spearheaded, but what about us? Are we asking God to open doors, open hearts and open our mouths to speak a word about the blessings of knowing Jesus and having been reunited with Papa God?

So help me, God.

Is that just words, or is it a lifestyle? Do we really want God’s help, or would we rather do it on our own a little longer? Are we happy to be struggling by ourselves, or would we like a little assistance?

What do you think? Is God willing? And if so, are we asking often enough for his help? What one thing can you do to move closer to a closer walk with God today.

If you’re done striving to do this on your own…if you can’t anymore, just bow and speak those four little words:  So help me, God.

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