Helpless & Needy

 

Child in medicine maskI’ve been around people who are needy or clingy. There are those who are always in a bad place – I think if they won the lottery, they’d still be clingy and needy. There are also those who’ve been dealt a tough “hand” in life. They have needs and they need someone to help them desperately. My heart goes out to the person who’s lost their spouse or their child – their world just got flipped on its end.  They are certainly people in our culture who abuse others and the system by always appearing helpless & needy. It’s difficult to know if someone is using people by claiming to be helpless and needy.

As I describe a helpless and needy person in my world, I realize that I’m helpless and needy before the Lord every day.  David penned the words well about just how hard life is and how much we need the Lord. Check this out…

5 ‘Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

    I will now arise,’ says the Lord.

    ‘I will protect them from those who malign them.’

6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,

    like silver purified in a crucible,

    like gold refined seven times.

7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe

    and will protect us forever from the wicked,

8 who freely strut about

    when what is vile is honored by the human race. (Psalm 12:5-8 NIV)

I will put my simple trust and hope in the Lord to direct my path. I don’t always know what to do when someone speaks untruths about me and tries to harm me. I need wisdom and discernment from the Lord to be my protection. I seek Him and His way for my every move. The Lord does His best work in me and through me when I’m helpless and needy. I recognize His Power and His Presence and He shows up strong.

This morning is no different than any other morning – I need the Lord to direct my path today as I navigate different challenges in my day. I standing strong upon His Word that He will protect me, direct me and provide for my every step. I can’t imagine trying to do life without Him – I am that helpless and needy for Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Helpless

Trust with blue markerI can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a war-torn country. I live in Georgia and I find it hard to imagine if there were an invasion of an army from another country that was annihilating our beautiful state and country. I’m so grateful to the men and women of our armed forces that protect and defend our freedom and our borders. The Philistines were facing an invasion threat as the Babylonian empire was expanding into their neck of the woods. Check this out…

2 This is what the Lord says:

“See how the waters are rising in the north;

    they will become an overflowing torrent.

They will overflow the land and everything in it,

    the towns and those who live in them.

The people will cry out;

    all who dwell in the land will wail

3 at the sound of the hooves of galloping steeds,

    at the noise of enemy chariots

    and the rumble of their wheels.

Parents will not turn to help their children;

    their hands will hang limp. (Jeremiah 47:2-3 NIV)

 

The Philistines had served other gods. They did not serve Creator God. They served Dagon (a wooden carving) among others. The Lord was using Babylon to clean house.

I do believe that the Lord can punish evil today. I believe that He has a lot of options available to Him. I want to make sure that my heart is surrendered to His call on my life. I’ve given Him control over my life to lead me and direct my path. I’m not helpless at all because He is my help. He is my safe place. He has rescued me from me. I can rest with Him.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Helpless

Child in medicine maskThere are times in my life when things happen that I have absolutely no control over. I like to think I can handle most anything, but when it comes my way I’m knocked down a bit. When my son was diagnosed with cancer, I felt helpless. I still remember vividly seeing the x-ray’s for the first time. I felt my knees buckling under me. I felt so weak and helpless. The oncologist who was attending him wasn’t nervous and didn’t feel helpless. He sprang into action to determine the actual cause and began to develop a plan to eradicate the cancer. As he explained the options and the course of action, helpless left and hope showed up.

I can so feel the helpless feeling that King David has was feeling as he penned some of the Psalms of desperation and struggle. He kept reaching to the Lord for strength, direction and purpose. Check this out….

26 Help me, Lord my God;

    save me according to your unfailing love.
27 Let them know that it is your hand,

    that you, Lord, have done it.
28 While they curse, may you bless;

    may those who attack me be put to shame,

    but may your servant rejoice.
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace

    and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;

    in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.
31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy,

    to save their lives from those who would condemn them. (Psalm 109:26-31 NIV)

 

With the Lord’s presence, I’m NEVER helpless. There are times even with His presence, I “feel” helpless because my feelings lie to me. My feelings scare me. My feelings deceive me. My feelings are not based on facts. My feelings are pretty fickle.  My head sometimes has to direct my heart and protect my heart. I know that the Lord will never leave me or forsake me. Even when it feels like He’s forgotten me, He’s multi-tasking to lift me up and settle my heart. I am never alone. I must remember His promises and His Powerful Presence at all times.

Pressing On!
Dwayne