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Help!!

Grandboy Carter, almost 6, loves to climb.  If he finds a tree with climbable branches, he is up there.  But on a recent day I heard a frantic “Jeedoo!” coming from the tree.  His foot was caught in the branches and Carter needed Help!

A popular beach activity these days is “tunneling.”  Teens especially like to dig deep holes in the sand, going down as deep as 8 feet.  Sand, being inherently unstable, sometimes collapses, burying the tunneler.  A Santa Monica teen yelled “Help” recently as sand covered him.  It took 25 minutes to dig him out:   He was fortunate there was help nearby.  Many tunnelers die.

Surely, when the mine collapsed on 33 Chilean miners, their first desire was for “Help.”   But help was slow in coming.  For 17 days rescuers assumed the miners were dead.  When it was discovered they were still alive, it was still almost two months before they were brought to the surface.

 

All of us have times in our lives when all we can say is “Help!!”  When we know God, our cry is more likely “Help, Lord.”

 

“Help, Lord!” is the right thing to say.  For our God has called Himself Elohim Ezer, God our Helper:  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
“The other was named Eliezer, for he said, ‘The God of my father was my help…’” (Exodus 18:4)

 
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us.’” (1 Samuel 7:12)

 

 

“…so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You….” (2 Chronicles 14:11)

 

Ezer is a powerful word, with military connotations.  It implies that God is a strong Helper.  He is in the battle with us.  He enables us to be strong and will enable us to stand strong in our battles.  He rescues us from our own choices, the actions of others that threaten us, or just from the daily risks of life.

 

God also helps us in many other ways:  He gives wisdom.  He enables us to love with unconditional love.  He helps us to persevere.

 

The name of Ezer is used often in Scripture to assure us of God’s always available help:  “We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield” (Psalms 33:20).

 

And the writer of Hebrews reiterates this truth about our God:  “So we say with confidence. ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).

 

How wonderful to have such a Helper as our God for every need!

 

Here are some ways to call on God your Helper!

  1.  Thank Him for all the ways He has helped you in the past week.
  2. Acknowledge that you know He is able to come to your rescue no matter how deep the hole you are in.
  3. Ask Him for wisdom in whatever need you have right now.

Add some more of your own:

 

How has God helped you?  Tell us about it with a comment.

 

This post is one of a series from His Name Is a Promise:  Praying the Names of God.

 

C2011 Judy Douglass

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The bull was out of control.

Our family was at a rodeo in Colorado. Grandboy Aidan had just made a try at “mutton busting”—riding a sheep.  He lasted about three seconds, but it was fun and he got a cowboy hat.

Bull riding was next.  And the bull coming up was wild.  He tried to climb out of the chute.  He smashed the cowboy into the wall.  The gate flew open and he was a contortionist.  The cowboy lasted about one second, and he and all the handlers scattered to escape the angry bull.

Out of control.

Sometimes life, or family situations, or financial needs seem overwhelming.  We feel out of control.  We can’t help or stop or change things.  We can’t control them.

It is good when we recognize this, for then we will hopefully turn to El Elyon, the Most High God.

The literal meaning is “God is the high one.”  Synonyms would be sovereign and ruler.  In other words, He is in control.

This name of God appears throughout the Old Testament, but most often in the book of Daniel.  Here we read the story of Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty ruler of the Babylonian empire.

Though he acknowledged the power of Daniel’s God, he still believed he was in control.  Thus God’s word to him:  “You will be driven away from people and will live with wild animals…Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men…”

And that is what happened.  After seven years of living as an animal, the King looked to heaven and was restored.  He said, “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just…”

Where is your life out of control?

Lost a job?  A child on drugs?  In foreclosure?  A cancer diagnosis?  Or just myriad small details adding up to one big mess?

Then it is time to acknowledge that, in reality, it is out of control.  And to turn to this Most High God who is, in reality, in control.  No surprises, no indifference, no “oops” for Him.  He knows.  He cares.  He is able.

His name is a promise.  You can depend on Him to be in control.

This powerful God has invited you to bring all the confusion and pain and lostness to Him.  He says, “Come.  Let’s talk.”

Here are some possible things to talk with Him about:

  1.  Help me to believe the you are in control and you can bring good from this chaos and confusion.
  2. I need wisdom to make wise decisions toward some possible solutions.
  3. I could really use some peace.

Add some more of your own:

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This post is one of a series from His Name Is a Promise:  Praying the Names of God.

c 2011 Judy Douglass

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When’s the last time you were invited to visit with a king or a queen? Probably never.

When Queen Esther was challenged to go to the King on behalf of the children of Israel, she reminded Mordecai that it was illegal for her to approach the King unless he asked for her.

You can be sure that, when President and Mrs. Obama visited with Queen Elizabeth, they received an invitation.   And not just anyone was invited to the recent royal wedding.

Yet our King, the God of the universe, has extended an open invitation to us to call on Him: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done (Psalm 105:1).

Throughout Scripture God’s chosen leaders knew to call on His name in their time of need:
Abram: There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD (Gen 12:8).
Isaac: Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD (Gen 26:25).
Elijah: Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD (1 Kings 18:24).
Our Savior, the Lord Jesus, gives us the same invitation:
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete (John 16:24).

The writer of Hebrews assures us:
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

And the Holy Spirit goes with us as we accept the invitation:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26).

So what are we waiting for?  An invitation?  We already have it.

God is on His throne, waiting for us to accept, to come.  His arms are open, ready to welcome us.  His ear is attuned, eager to listen.  His heart is open, desiring to respond.

Let us come into His presence, bringing our worship, thanks and requests, with boldness and confidence, for He desires to be with us.

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