“Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG
I like to do things myself, even hard things. There’s just such a great sense of accomplishment in it. But there are times when I can’t physically handle something and it is the hardest thing for me to ask for help. I feel that I should be able to do it, but since it’s not something I do often, I don’t have the muscle strength for that task.
There are also times when I just can’t handle something emotionally. I’m overcome with emotion, I cry and mentally stomp my foot at the lack of progress in something that’s been going on for years. Those are the times I reach out to God for help. I usually hear Him say, “I didn’t design you to carry that alone.”
How would you feel if your children were going through something and you saw them frustrated, striving, pushing and stretching, possibly hurting ourselves in the process? You’d ask if they need help, right? I know when my girls ask for help, it gives me joy to assist them in anyway I can. Who knows, I may have the skill to solve the problem.
Well, God DOES have the wisdom and knowledge to put it all together. He’s waiting on us to call out to Him. So ask. Don’t just ask once, ask every time. And patiently wait for His response. His grace is enough and His mercy never ends.