I shall not die, but live!

I called on the Lord in distress; The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.
-Psalm 118:5

I have a lot of random vivid memories of being young. One of them is a time I was at the beach with a friend and his family. I was putting on sunscreen and stretching my arms to cover all of my back. My friend’s dad was behind me and kind of chuckled as I finished putting the lotion on. “You could have asked for help you know!” he said. I replied, “I got it all right?” “Yeah… you got it all.” he said laughing and shaking his head. He obviously thought I should have asked for help and probably thought I was being stubborn, silly or childish by not asking.

I bring this up because now, about twenty years later, I still find myself attempting to do things on my own that would be so much easier if I just asked for help. Not only help from other people but help from God. I’m realizing that I’m stubborn! And no one knows this better than the Lord—and perhaps my wife and mom. I set out to do things and I don’t want to ask for help. My pride and determination tells me I can do it on my own. This is risky, especially in spiritual battles. Battles cannot be won alone because we are fighting an enemy that does not fight fair.

They surrounded me, yes they surrounded me; But in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me.
-Psalm 118:11

Call on the Lord and He will answer you in your distress. Take the weight off of your shoulders and give it to Him. We don’t have to do everything alone in life. Lean on Jesus and He will guide you through the storm.

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