Saturday, February 4, 2017

Psalms 108:12 -- On Help

"Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man."
Psalms 108:12

Sometimes verse like this, or the don't trust the arm of flesh type scriptures (2 Nephi 4:34) can make us feel sort of useless.  God is who we all need, and so it seems sort of less so on the needing each other side.  Some clarification is offered in 2 Nephi 28:31 that lets us know that we shouldn't trust in man unless "their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost."

I think actually our verse for today could be two very similar circumstances.  Imagine the two versions of help are being offered by the exact same person, on a split screen.  The only difference is that on that first screen, God is part of the equation.

We've probably felt this in our own lives.  We encounter a situation and we kind of freeze up, with no idea what to do... but then we take some deep breaths, we say a little prayer, and suddenly we're okay, and we get in there and help things work out.  God is what makes the difference, all the time.  On some level we know that we can't handle all of this alone, and that if we try, we're likely to screw it up.  Sometimes trying to go it alone just isn't going to work, and we have to have God's help to succeed.  And in those times, we learn a lot, and learn more about handling lots of different kinds of things as God teaches us.

Today, whether we are needing or offering help, let's remember that our efforts alone can't solve things or make everything better.  But, if we go to the Lord and get *his* help in strengthening and guiding us, and blessing us with wisdom, then we can both find our way in our own lives, and we will be able to offer help to others in their lives, and it won't be in vain, because God will be with us.

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