Psalm 121:1-2, ‘1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made Heaven and Earth.’
I CAN DO IT, CAN’T I?
Too often our hope comes from what we can see and too often our expectations for the present and future are shaped by the past experiences we’ve thought we’ve had control over. We put our hope in people, events, circumstances, and feelings. We put our hope in our intellect, our plans, and our “I can do it.” attitudes. When a situation comes up we too often look to things, schemes, and well thought out plans for the win. And for awhile, these plans, people, and our intellect works. But if all of that doesn’t work, then the “I can do it.” ethic rises up and seems to get the job done. On the other hand, what happen when all of that doesn’t work? What happens when eventually, (and it will happen because we’re sinners and we live in a sin tainted world), you’re out of options?
APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING
Jesus reminds us in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in Him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”. This is not just the truth for those who are followers of Christ, this is the truth for everyone. Without God, spiritually and physically, we literally can’t do anything. Try breathing without the power of God. Try to take that one breath that God has provided. And by the way, God gave us a system within our body to process the oxygen to go into all of the vital organs and throughout the rest of our body. God has also supplied an atmosphere in which it’s possible to take that next breath. Truly, apart from Him we cannot do one thing. In fact, it’s not just that God provides needs and the strength for His creation to move, live, and have our being (Acts 17:28), but Christ also holds everything together so that we can enjoy the provision He gives us. Colossians 1:17, states this reality when it says, ‘And He is before all things, and in Him (Christ) all things hold together.’. Truly, every human being is totally dependent upon Jesus Christ. We need to grasp this reality.
FIX YOUR GAZE UPON CHRIST
So, we go back to where we started… from where does our help come? Sadly most of mankind will never understand that the reality is that without Christ, we are lost physically and spiritually. And sadly, most people will only ‘lift there eyes up to the hills’, and they’ll never look elsewhere. They’ll just look to the hills, the grass on the hills, the sky above– they’ll just look to what has been created and not the Creator, the maker of Heaven and Earth. Understand though, that God takes pleasure in shepherding people, in guiding them, in caring for them on this journey. He’s very well aware that life is tough and even states as much in John 16:33, ‘I (Jesus) have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”. Jesus gives us hope by offering the help that we desperately need: In HIM we may have peace, and HE has overcome the world. Instead of looking to the hills and leaving it at that, God calls us to understand that He is our help. Yes, we live in the world with all it’s pains, troubles and sufferings. Don’t be deceived that you have those troubles figured out apart from Christ. As much as we think we do, the reality is that we really don’t. However, Jesus has not only created the world, He has also overcome it. We fix our gaze upon Him and as we do, we understand with each circumstance that Christ is our hope. As we continue to fix our gaze upon Him we don’t get the hope and the help we need from our ‘can do’ attitude or our intellect; no, instead we learn that our help truly comes from the Lord– the One Who made Heaven and Earth.
Look to Christ from where your help comes.
Christ’s blessings to you,
Pastor Scott Welch