Psalms 46:1 “God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
How can God help me? I don’t see Him, I can’t feel Him and I don’t hear Him. How can He do anything to help me?
Wow, real questions deserve real answers. So first let’s not just slap a memory verse on it and call it good. We need to know a little more about the person who is asking. Everyone presents questions to God everyday. How does He knows who is hungry for real answers? A skeptic is going to have plenty of them, and may, in the end, decide they do not want what they seek. How does God help that person?
I’d like to draw an analogy from the physical world for you with dieting. We all know that to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume for a prescribed amount of time. It’s simple. Basic. And fairly easy to see results. Yet, are there not people with serious weight problems in this world who have convinced themself that it is far more complicated. They go to the dietician, the counselor, by the QVC version of the latest work-out videos, and buy special food. Let’s face it the “weight-loss” is a multi-billion dollar industry. If I was a skeptic about weight-loss, and said to you, Mr. or Ms. Fitness, how can weight-loss help me? I don’t feel it, I don’t succeed after the first day, I don’t think people really can lose weight, I think it’s genetic and that’s what we’re stuck with. You, Mr or Ms. Fitness, know that isn’t true. You were one-hundred pounds over-weight five-years ago and you lost it all. Are you going to answer me, the skeptic, a little differently? Isn’t it more about the heart than the biology in this case? Is pride and understanding standing in the way of my success? Yes. How do you tell someone that?
Let’s go back to God’s help. God is Holy, God is Spirit. He gave us the gift of Holy Spirit when, and only when we meet the conditions presented in Romans 10:9. (Each are numbered in the verse below.)
“That if thou shalt (1) confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt (2) believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
We were also saved, or made whole (sozo) we get the gift of holy spirit grafted into every cell of our body. This is a big deal. Of course, as a new believer we have no idea what that means. They don’t even know how to believe God yet. But right away, we can manifest this new spiritual reality by speaking in tongues. Tongues is for a sign.
“Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying [serveth] not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” 1 Cor. 14:22
We are asking God for a sign, we want something we can see, experience, hear and feel. That is what we have with tongues. You open your mouth, move your tongue, throat and lips and speak forth a language that you will not understand. It’s that simple and incredible. Tongues can’t be faked, broken, or deny Jesus Christ as Lord. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:5a, “I would that ye all spake with tongues.” Why? Because it is your spiritual strength training program and will build your inner man. Jesus said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” Mark 16:17. Wow? This is the help we’re looking for. These are the signs everyone longs to see.
How can God help me?
Well, let’s turn it around. What am I doing to diligently seek Him? He gave us an empowering gift, He made us whole, fully whole as in now we have body, soul and spirit. He saved us from the wrath, He seated us in the heavenlies, He blessed us with all spiritual blessings, He wants us to fully comprehend the length, the depth, and the height of the love of God and He’s given us tongues for a sign. And this is only the tip of the iceberg because speaking in tongues is also perfect prayer.
“But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
In the physical world’s equivalent, I just won the lottery of life. What am I going to do with all that? Am I going to steward it, or squander it?
God Bless You Today!