Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Damsel in Distress
"I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
from where shall my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth."
Have you ever had one of those days? Maybe you didn't have three men tying you up; it was probably more like your children or maybe your co-workers but it seemed just as dire. The damsel in distress concept has been around for a long time. Most super-hero movies have a damsel that needs saving - same with blockbuster thrillers - and in these movies, there is a point where all hope is gone. You try to figure out who will save the day and how they can possibly do it, but it just makes your heart race even more. And then, in the distance, help appears and before you know it, the story is resolved.
This fall I am encouraging my ladies study to memorize Psalm 121. It's a great damsel in distress passage. One verse a week for eight weeks and it's done. Really, anyone can do it, but let me show you the value in it.
Life is hard because of sin. God's initial creation was good and perfect - without sin, which means it was without sorrow, conflict or consequences. But sin changed that and today, we live in a world ripe with the consequences of sin and if we completely honest, often we find ourselves looking in the distance, wondering when help will arrive. Bills are overdue, children are heading down dangerous roads, temptations are feeding our addictions, health is failing, quarrels are increasing, your patience is dwindling and you just want a way out.
Then this comes to mind:
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper. The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.
Do you believe this? Is God really in control? Does He have your back or are you doing this life thing on your own? Because God is immutable, what we learn about Him in this chapter still stands today: The Creator of the universe cares about you - He is aware of all of your burdens and He doesn't need a break from watching over you. He's never tired and He's never distracted. He is in the business of protecting you and keeping you. It's not a part time job - it's what He loves to do.
Now, though Jesus Christ took the punishment of our sins away, the consequences are still present - so buck up, friend. You're not alone. Work hard, eat beans and rice and get those bills paid off. Set boundaries for your children and act like the adult in the relationship, then get on your knees and give them to the Lord. Radically amputate the temptations that flow into your life and get help for your addiction. Get to a doctor, stop fighting and be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving. Do all of this, knowing that your Support, your Foundation, your Body Guard is ever present, wide awake and in total control.
Oh, and how about memorizing Psalm 121 as a reminder…have a great day, friends!