February 13, 2016

How God Assists us Through People


It’s in our nature to turn to those close to us for compassion in tough times. Everyone wants a shoulder to cry on--or at least a listening ear. We especially expect those we live with to be sympathetic. Nevertheless, this ideal condition is not always achieved.

The first situation that may prevent true empathy is this: everyone doesn’t think alike. For instance, I have friends who don’t believe in sharing, or listening to, more than the bare facts of anything pessimistic. They believe it doesn’t help anyone; it just promotes deeper pity parties on both sides.

The second circumstance that may prevent a meeting of minds is this: even close friends and family often have their own concerns. Loved ones may have challenges with their health, finances, career, families, and so forth. This may include landmark life changes of a positive or negative nature.

How Do we Find Help, Then?

We’ll be led to the people and situations that are currently able to improve our lives. These may be new to us, or they may be well known:
  • A friend finally has time between projects at work to counsel us.
  • We find information online to help us through a trial.
  • Someone leads us to food supplements that improve a chronic problem.

Who Leads us to Help?

Some people believe that they do everything under the power of science, or their own capabilities. Speaking for myself, I’m not that smart. I am verrrry limited in my knowledge and strength. Why should I want to rely only on myself?

Am I super powerful and successful? Hardly! I am as fallible as the next person. I’ve overcome as much as I have merely by refusing to limit myself by my frailties and allowing God to lead me to people and answers. Here are only a few things I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish if I had closed my mind to divine help (through other people):
  • Write a book
  • Blog
  • Learn about social media
  • Find supplements that are improving a chronic problem
  • Identify, and accept help for, my kids’ challenges

I Know; Human Nature Interferes

 I don’t live life through rose-colored glasses. I know that there is cruelty, injustice, ugliness, and pain everywhere in the world. I have been subjected to quite a bit of it, too. People are people, so they aren’t always going to be willing to boost others. They are going to follow their own agendas. They have the divine right to choose their actions.

Conclusion

Human beings can be self-centered and selfish. We all have our own way of thinking and our own challenges in life. That’s why we don’t always have a meeting of minds in every relationship. Even so, I submit that we are divinely led to give and receive help in certain situations. This is how God works.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to worry, stress, or figure anything out.  Modern psychology will tell us how counterproductive this is as well.

The Bible tells us to trust God, who works through people.  Luke 12:27-40 tells us that lilies and grass don’t fret over anything, yet God helps them to grow.  He wants to help us even more.

“When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”—Psalm 86:7 (NIV)


How have you been divinely led to help?