Every man, saints and sinners alike, needs a helping hand at one time or another, and in one form or another. The Lord our God is the ultimate source of help. He uses His creature, the work of His hand to render helps. As the owner of the earth and its fullness, the world and they that dwell in it, He has exclusive authority to put any of them to work for His saints.
A closer look at how the Lord carries out the work of helping His people shows that it affects both the helper and the helped. Every help has mutual benefits. This may be immediate or in future, directly or indirectly.
The case of a man after the heart of God, David, is worthy of consideration. When he, together with his six hundred men, lost all that they had, he inquired from the Lord whether he should pursue to recover. The answer he got was
“Pursue: for thou shall surely overtake them, and without fail recover all”. I Samuel 30:18 (King James Version)
For this man of God to “pursue… and recover all”, he needed a leading, a direction. He needed to be taken to where he could recover all without fail. This assignment could be carried out by any means but the Lord gave an Egyption servant to do this for Him.
When the two met, the helper happened to need help. The helper has been sick for three days. How can he help the man of God and his men? No way! The wise David knew what to do – to help him. 1 Sam 30:11-12 disclose,
“And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and did eat, and they made him drink water,
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights” (King James Version)
After the weak-helper has recovered from his sickness, he was now ready to help everybody to “recover his all”. In this case, David and his men. He entered into an agreement with the men before he eventually led them in the right way to recover all their losses. Verses fifteen to sixteen (a) reads,
“And David said to him, ‘canst thou bring me down to his company?’ And he said, ‘swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me unto the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company’”.
What followed this was
“And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives”.
Do you remember that this helper was of the camp of the enemy?
David did not kill him. He fed him. This conforms to what the Bible tells us to do when our enemies are hungry- to feed them. Dear reader, do you need any help? Do you know the source from which it may come? Help the source first. Do you not know the source? Help those around you or those you meet daily. You may by so doing help your helper who will render the help you need. This is not a matter of societal standing. This can be anybody. Only help others – they will also help you, now or later. Even if they fail, the Lord will by no means fail to raise those who will reward you. Henceforth, help your helper to help you.
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Thank you so much for your comments on my articles about Laying Down Your Life. Seems it is so easy to say God do this for me, then I will do this for you. The Bible says give first. Seek first. Then all things are added. We must get out of the mentality of building our kingdom, We must do as God says, and build His kingdom. The power that the church possesses is awesome, if we could just learn to lay down our lives as Jesus did. Not my will, but thine be done. I appreciate your insight and writing. You are a blessing to the body of Christ!
Thank you for this well written article. Yes, to help others is the right thing to do. Sometimes we go forward into a situation thinking we will "bless" this person or that person; but we later find out that they have "blessed" us instead! Oh, yes, Lord Jesus. Maranatha. ~shalom