Harassed and Helpless

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

 

—Matthew 9:35-38

I am a sheep.

By myself, I don’t know what is best for me.

I might choose green grass to eat –right on the edge of a cliff– without even once understanding the danger.

I can’t fight a wolf.

If a predator comes after me, I must have protection or I will perish.

If I see no water to drink, I may wander aimlessly looking for it.

I am a sheep, but I’m not alone.

I have a Shepherd.

He knows what is best for me.

I must trust Him to guide me.

He chooses what grass I will eat and where I will eat it.

He protects me against my enemies.

There is none who attacks that He cannot stop.

I am a sheep, but I’m not alone.

I have a Shepherd.

Do you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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But With God

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

—Matthew 19:26

 

“That will never happen.”

“They will never change.”

“That marriage is over.”

“I will never get that job.”

“I can’t go to college.”

“No one will ever love me.”

“There’s no cure for this.”

How many times during the day do we limit what God can do with our words and thoughts?

It is so very important to pray about everything that concerns us.

With God, all things are possible….

 

 

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Whose Own Strength

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God describes a ruthless people known as the Chaldeans in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk.

As I was reading the description, a line stood out to me–

“Then they sweep past like the wind and go on– guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

–Habakkuk 1:11

They were a people who were feared because they would go out in war and conquer other nations.

Becoming so powerful, I suppose their ability to achieve and maintain this reputation might have been the thing they were most proud of.

Their own strength being their god?

They must have been consumed with their own importance and presumed greatness.

I heard someone reading the other day.

They read, “God helps those who help themselves.”

In pondering those words this afternoon, I thought how this is not correct.

God helps the helpless.

He helps you.

He helps me.

Our frail strength should never be something we trust in.

Any of our successes are blessings from God.

We need to look to God for all our strength.

We should praise Him for all our successes—always.

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