Help on the Way

“I will help thee, saith the Lord.”—Isaiah 41:14.

HIS morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I will help thee.” “It is but a small thing for Me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with My blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for thee. I laid aside My glory and became a man for thee; I gave up My life for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely help thee now. In helping thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it thee; thou requirest little compared with what I am ready to give. ‘Tis much for thee to need, but it is nothing for me to bestow. ‘Help thee?’ Fear not! If there were an ant at the door of thy granary asking for help, it would not ruin thee to give him a handful of thy wheat; and thou art nothing but a tiny insect at the door of My all-sufficiency. ‘I will help thee.'”
O my soul, is not this enough? Dost thou need more strength than the omnipotence of the United Trinity? Dost thou want more wisdom than exists in the Father, more love than displays itself in the Son, or more power than is manifest in the influences of the Spirit? Bring hither thine empty pitcher! Surely this well will fill it. Haste, gather up thy wants, and bring them here—thine emptiness, thy woes, thy needs. Behold, this river of God is full for thy supply; what canst thou desire beside? Go forth, my soul, in this thy might. The Eternal God is thine helper!

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismay’d!
I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid.”Charles H. Spurgeon

There are Giants in the Land

Moses sent 12 spies to explore and report back on conditions in Canaan.  This hand-picked group spent 40 days exploring the land.  When they returned they reported it was indeed a land flowing with milk and honey.  The physical evidence of large clusters of grapes, so heavy it took two men to carry a single branch was proof positive of God’s provision.    What Moses told them was true.  The promised land was a reality.  Their sojourn in Egypt was over and now they could experience the promise.  But there was one problem.  There were giants in the Land.  And not only giants, but fortified cities and enemies all around.  Eight spies sounded the alarm, and spread the report that “we can’t go up against them, they are stronger that we are.”   Only two men stood up and said, “Let’s go at once to take the land.”

There are always giants in the land.  Giant problems, circumstances, challenges, and situations.   The stock market is down, unemployment is up;  wars and rumors of wars, party unrest, political leaders disgraced, scandals, businesses close,  discrimination, infighting, sibling rivalry, loss of life…there are giants in the land.

The two men who stood with Moses and said “Let’s go at once to take the land” had witnessed God’s power and presence during the Exodus.  Convinced of God’s word, Caleb and Joshua told Israel let’s go immediately and get our inheritance.  They had physical evidence of the fulfilled promise.  If God promised it, He would provide it despite “the giants.”   Every battle appears to be stronger than we are.  But that is not what God told us to do.  He told us to go and take the land.  He said I will be with you always even to the end of the world.  If God is for us, who can be against us?  I think the answer to that question is, no one and nothing.  In Joshua 1: 6-9; God instructed Joshua, as he assumed the mantle of leadership, to “be strong and courageous.”  As servant leaders, we are to take God’s power with us into the land of the giants; into those strongholds and get our inheritance.  The promises are true, and there is nothing stopping us from having all that God wants for us.   There are no giants in the land bigger than our God.

Mountaintop

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top.

Exodus 4 records a discussion between Moses and God, as Moses was receiving his commission to return to Egypt and freed the Israelites.  Moses voiced several concerns during this exchange.  1) What if they don’t believe me? 2) Who should I say sent me? 3) I don’t speak well. 4) Finally, I can’t be the one, send someone else.

Disbelief, confusion, lack of qualifications and just plain fear sums up Moses’ objections to God when confronted with his commission.  He questioned and challenged God’s decision.  He couldn’t possibly be the one.  All the evidence pointed to the contrary.  The mountain was huge. Didn’t he realized that  Pharaoh had sought to kill him when he ran away after committing murder.  Moses had found sanctuary, started a new life and thought he had it made, until he turned towards the burning bush.  Didn’t God realized it?  Maybe he needed to remind God of his limitations, and the size of the mountain.  So Moses began explaining to God that mountain was too big.  How could he possibly reach the top?

Think of it!  Being told by God you must go back, and face trouble with a capital T; face uncertainty, ridicule, and possible death.   The mountain was enormous.  However, God never tells us to look at the mountaintop.  Instead He tells us to look at HIM and peer into the power and majesty of who He is.  This is what God told Moses to tell the Israelites if they questioned him.  Tell them I AM sent you.   The great I AM who surpasses all mountains has sent you to free my people.

Our mountains are covered with all the same emotions Moses experienced; guilt, shame, doubt, fear and sin.  But those same mountains, while covered with the stains of Adam’s sin can never reach beyond our God.  As you go to the mountain, you will find the cross of Christ shining brightly, solidly anchored above the guilt, shame, doubt, fear and sin.   Take the word of this phrase “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top” to heart.  As Moses looked past the mountain into the face of God, he was able to begin his commission of serving as God’s liberator for his people.

Don’t measure the mountaintops with its challenges, obstacles, pitfalls, roadblocks, missteps just begin climbing.  Our God has already scale the highest mountain, so you can reach the top.  Amen!