I enjoy the idioms of the south. Here are a few of my favorites.
While discussing a hard rain you might hear, “That was a frog strangler!”
While introducing a new idea…”There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” (Let’s not ask how that one originated!)
My brother-in-law’s favorite when asked how he’s doing is, “Finer than frog hair.”
There are many different ways to get our point across and using idioms is a fun way of doing it, but have you ever been in circumstances where you had no words? Have there been times when you tried to talk to God but all you could utter was, “Help me!”?
If one of my children came to me and explained that they were at the end of their rope (there’s another idiom!) and needed my help, you bet I would do all I could to help because I love them. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father in heaven give good things to them that seek him?”
Why am I hesitant to ask God for help? Do I think I can handle this one without Him? Do I feel like I’m bothering God or that He doesn’t really care? Whatever the reason, it is never wise to neglect a wise and loving Savior. I need to speak truth to myself.
He is capable!
Colossians 1:16, 17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions,or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
He is the Creator of the universe and holds it all together. He has already solved the biggest problem I’ll ever have…my sin problem…and He is much bigger than any other problem I’ll face.
He is available!
The Lord is not someone who doesn’t understand or cannot relate to our situation! Jesus was tempted in all points yet without sin. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
He is willing!
I Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our care upon him (God); for He cares for us. He wants to hear from us and He wants us to trust and depend on Him.
I was reminded this morning of one of my favorite phrases in the Bible…2 Chronicles 20:12, We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.
Jehoshaphat was in a pickle! There was a great multitude coming against him and he was afraid. He not only determined to seek the Lord, but he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah and the nation gathered together. Jehoshaphat stood and prayed aloud recalling God’s power and deliverance in the past and humbly admitting his need for God’s help. His prayer ends with, We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You. This must have been music to God’s ears!
I remember when my son was a toddler. At times he would want to cross the creek at our home, but maybe the water was swift or he was not steady on his feet. He would reach for my hand feeling confident he could cross with my help. I was happy to protect and help him. God is all that and much, much more for us!
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jathaziel and he assured Jehoshaphat and the congregation that the Lord would deliver them. God used this man to encourage them to not be afraid because the battle was not theirs, but the Lord’s. In verse 18 the Bible says the king and all Judah bowed and worshipped the Lord and then some stood and sang His praises. (May we always remember to give God thanks.)
We may have to wait a little longer for our answer than Jehoshaphat many times, but we can rest assured God is working behind the scenes even when we don’t see anything happening. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
So what are you focusing on today…your problems or your Lord? You may not see a way, but our God can make a way when there seems to be no way. When we are speechless and can’t even verbalize our concerns before God our Father, like Jehoshaphat, let us say, We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
Keep looking up,
Gaye Hughes Hammersley