Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, enjoying the beautiful winter in the desert near Palm Springs, California.
During challenging times, we can begin to believe that God won’t help us. At times, He’s silent or seems to delay. We become afraid and hesitant to trust. Will God really come through for us?
Hebrews 13:5-6 assures us God is our helper:
“be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
If we don’t believe and trust that truth, we believe the lie: “God isn’t my helper, therefore I must provide for myself.” Financial challenges, a lack of answered prayer, and any number of obstacles can contribute to this lie.
I remember when my husband, Larry, and I didn’t have any extra money and an unexpected expense hit us. We didn’t know where the money would come from. I prayed but didn’t really have much hope extra money could be found.
Our backyard brick fence backed up to a fairly major street and one day, I heard a crash. A car had run into our back brick fence. Oh, great! How are going to deal with this? I wondered. It just seemed like an added burden not knowing if we were responsible for re-building the wall ourselves. Instead of God providing, He had just added to our problems.
But then Larry realized the man’s car insurance would pay for the rebuilding of the wall. We received an estimate and the insurance company sent us a check along with suggestions for who to contact for the work.
But our neighbor who did concrete work said, “Oh, I can rebuild that wall for much less.” Guess how much less? The exact amount that we owed for the unexpected expense. God had provided and helped us in an unusual way beyond our capability to help ourselves.
The next time your lack of gratitude is based in the lie God doesn’t help, remember the times He has helped you.