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When To Help – When To Wait

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself trying to help someone when they are in need, but no matter how much you help them they don’t seem to make good choices, nor does their life seem to change?  We should always be willing to help others with the goal of showing them the love of Jesus—hoping they might know Him personally, so they can experience true freedom from all the junk they are involved with and become fully dependent upon Him. 

First let me say this; despite our most honorable and noble intentions, we can’t fix or change anyone; only God can do this.  The best we can hope for is to be used by God to effect change in their lives, but it will always be God who does the transforming and gives the blessings.  Nor can we be effectively used to help those who really don’t desire to be helped in the way God wants to help them.  The truth of the matter is we can actually become a hindrance at times when we attempt to help certain people at the wrong time.  We can actually be getting in the way of their being able to live an abundant life in Christ. 

Q:         How can we be hindering people from living an abundant life in Jesus if we are the very ones who want it so badly for them?

Well, the answer lies in the question.  We are the ones who want so badly for them to live an abundant life in Christ, instead of them wanting it badly for themselves. When this happens we will usually find no matter how hard we try to share the truth, or help them out with their physical needs, they will usually continue to live in the same way despite what they claim.  This holds true for unbelievers and even believers who choose to remain living in the ways of the flesh.   

This is why it is so important for us to be seeking the Lord’s wisdom with respect to our involvement and the type of help we offer.  Helping others is what Jesus did, and we should be imitating Him by doing the same thing, but when we help without asking God first, we might just be enabling this person to continue to live without feeling the full weight of their poor decisions.  I am not just speaking of poor financial choices, but every poor decision apart from God’s will—ones leading them away from the abundant life only found in Jesus. 

As hard as it may be for us to stand down instead of stepping up to help those who are in continual need, there will be times when we have to.  God may be allowing them to feel the weight of their sin to lead them to repentance, or He may be using these difficult and trying times within their life so they will desire to earnestly seek to know Him and to have a personal relationship.  Now, if we pop in the picture at this point to help, without first consulting God, we may be enabling them to continue to live in the very way God is attempting to turn them from—we may simply be postponing their blessing, and are becoming unnecessary caretakers in the process.     

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things.  Let’s seek the Lord to know when we are to help others in need, and when we are to wait.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Galatians 6:7-8 what biblical principle can we learn?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord in prayer before you act?

APPLICATION: Let’s always seek God in prayer before we act.  God will always give us a burden to help and a peace about what we are doing when it is His will. 

LET’S PRAY:  Father, we thank You for helping us in our times of need, and we desire to be used by You to help others as well.  Help us to know when we are to help, and when we are to wait.  Help us to be what You want us to be, and to always do it in love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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