5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Our God Always Helps Us
The deadline is nearing, the bank account is depleted, or drained, a child is struggling and wandering, a marriage is muddied, the final project is looming, job is insecure, hope is fluttering, and a voice in your mind says, “you’re on your own this time.” I read recently
"nothing destroys confidence quite like the notion that the only thing separating your life from your greatest fear is you. Why? Because deep down—beneath a pile of tough fronts and costumed confidence - we know we’re far too thin and cracked to dam up a flood of discouragement." (Notes from a podcast)
Well, that paragraph was a real downer eh, depressing too. But wait, it’s really not. The idea that we can not do it alone actually promises comfort for the lonely and rest for us who are weary. God didn’t intend for us to go at it alone. God didn’t intend for us to go at it alone! When we realize we can’t, we open up the floodgates to the One Who can. His power is made perfect in our weakness. We may be weak, but He’s strong. We may be cracked, but He fills us. He is our constant help in times of trouble. He is our comforter in the scary difficult low places, and He’s the one who says, “Hey! Lay down and take a rest next to this peaceful stream.” He is NOT, the one who says, “You’re on your own this time.” In fact, We are confident because He’s the one who says, “I am with you always.”
‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand… For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:10,13
“Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” Psalm 63:7