"Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!"
God often uses people to help us. He may send a friend to comfort us in our grief or give us wise counsel. He might move someone to bring a gift of money or food when we are in need. He might give us help through a government agency, whether that means a police officer arriving just when we need him or a social worker bringing advice and referring us to resources.
We find it so natural to look to other people as our source of help. But if we get our eyes off of God and start looking to the people He uses, we will find ourselves disappointed. People may mean well, but they are often inconsistent and while our needs are constant, human resources have limits.
If we fix our hopes on people, organizations, or the government, we will end up bitter and resentful when they let us down.
But as Christians we have a Heavenly Father who has promised to take care of us. His resources are unlimited, and His patience is infinite. He will never fail us. That’s why David could write in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”
Father, You have promised to take care of me as a loving father cares for his children and as a good shepherd cares for his sheep. I look to You, and only You, for everything I need, and I will receive it gratefully from Your hand, however You choose to supply it, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles