Today I was reading an adoration passage in Psalm 60. Verses 11-12 say,
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Sometimes my enemies aren’t physical people. Sometimes my enemy is doubt, or fear, or worry. Sometimes my enemy is stress, or emotions out of control. Sometimes my enemy seems like five little kiddos all demanding a piece of me at the same time (but that’s really just stress, right?) So the question that struck me today is, where do I turn for help? Too often I ask my husband to help, or I turn to my own creativity to solve a problem. Start a movie for the kids. Sit down and breathe. Make a to-do list. Sometimes I yell and lose control of the situation. But vain is the help of man.
What I really need when all of the situations hit me in the face is to turn to God for help. When I am drowning in doubt, or guilt, or out-of-control emotions, I don’t just need another set of hands, or a fresh look at the situation – I need God. I need to turn to Him FIRST. I need to realize that any victory will only be through His strength.
When I shout, “HELP!” it needs to be to God first. Sometimes He may use the help of man (or my husband, or my friend, or my kids) to help me. But I need to turn to Him first.