“The help that comes from God”
The more we live – doing our best to serve God – the more there are occasions and situations when we sense “the help that comes from God” through his Son. This inspiring statement was made by Paul of his experiences, as he gave his defence before King Agrippa in Acts 26:22 that we read today.
The wonder of this relationship is parallel with the words of Moses we also read today, in the first 14 verses of Deuteronomy 28. Here Moses, in his last message to the people, tells them of all the blessings that will be theirs from God
“if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today …” (verse 14).
And this was the nations’ initial experience as the book of Joshua reveals. But then they began to “turn aside” – and lost “the help that comes from God” the ultimate and awesome time being after they put their Messiah to death.
However, after this happened though, God’s message of truth started to spread into all the nations of the world – and many, if not all these nations had times when at least some of the people had times when they sensed “the help that comes from God” – especially when, to quote Paul
“they repent(ed) and turn(ed) to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (Acts 26:20).
It is rare to find examples of this today! We recall the question of Jesus,
“when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8).
We pray we may increase our efforts to become more like him and frequently sense “the help that comes from God”. Even more, we pray, he will find in us genuine faith – because we have heeded what Paul wrote, that
“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
As a result we will surely experience the wonder of the time, indeed the climax, of “the help that comes from God” as God deals with this age of total ungodliness – and the words of the Psalmist will be proved true one final time,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
And how awesome is the rest of that Psalm!