Daily Devotional

August 3, 2018

Our Helper

The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. – Psalm 116:6

When we were first married, my husband always took care of the maintenance of our vacuum cleaner. If a belt broke, he replaced the dangling belt with a new one. If the bag became stuffed to overflowing, he replaced it. Observing his diligent undertaking from a distance, I thought it must take a lot of mechanical knowledge to maintain a vacuum cleaner. Had I watched more closely, I would have known that replacing a belt or bag are simple procedures.

One morning, when my husband was at work, the bag on my vacuum began to give signs that a dust volcano might erupt at any minute if it did not get immediate attention. I had no idea how to remedy this problem and felt sure I couldn’t do the task. But with no one around for guidance, I slowly unzipped the cover. I carefully lifted out the loaded sack, placed a new bag where the old one had been, and snapped it back in place. I was amazed at how easy this task was!

In our walk with the Lord, do we ever shy away from some of the jobs He calls us to do because we don’t feel qualified in the area assigned? Do we ever step back and think, “I can’t do that—I wouldn’t even have a clue where to begin”? We may see the job that the Lord has placed before us as more than we can handle, and feel helpless.

However, let’s remember that the Lord never gives us a job to do without also giving us the ability to do it. Have we given the task He has set before us a try? Sometimes the devil attempts to make things appear much harder than they really are to discourage us from obeying God, but don’t let this happen to you! Call upon the Lord, ask Him help you through each task that threatens to overwhelm you. Later, when you look back, you will realize that the mountain you were called to tackle was a lot smaller than it appeared because the Lord was with you as your Helper and Friend.