FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:16b (NLT)
WONDERFUL COUNSELOR: HE’S ALWAYS AVAILABLE
I sometimes ask people, “Where does it say in the Bible, ‘God helps those who help themselves’?” Most say they’re not sure, but the concept is so familiar that they think it must be somewhere in God’s Word. Actually, the Bible doesn’t say that at all. It tells us just the opposite: God helps the helpless. When you read the Gospels, you find that Jesus did not refuse to help the helpless. He did not withhold forgiveness and compassion from those who acknowledged their sin. He did not turn away from those who had no power to change. In fact, the people who distressed Him most were those who thought they didn’t need any help at all. (David H. Roper, Our Daily Bread)
Hebrews 4:16 says God helps us “when we need it most.” God’s help is always right on time. God acts with timely mercy and grace. Someone said, Mercy includes three elements: 1. “I see the need”—that’s recognition; 2. “I am moved by the need”—that’s motivation; 3. “I move to meet the need”—that’s action. That’s exactly how God responds to our needs.
Warren Wiersbe writes, “God’s delays are a part of your character-building process. The next time God gives you a delay, encourage yourself by remembering that He never stops working for you, and He knows when and how to help you. Submit to His timetable and His care.”
Thank God for the things He has developed in you through past delays. Praise God for His perfect timing. Confess your trust in His counsel in your life.