Over the last few weeks it has been my pleasure to spend more time with some of my grandchildren. They love their granddaddy! And, you better bet he loves those two little boys very much, too. Within reason, there is not a thing in the world I would want to deny them, especially if it is sweet and yummie. One of the things I have been reminded of late has been how much children rely on adults. Those little guys are as sweet as they can be, but they can do very little for themselves. They are learning to pick up their toys, and to be nice to each other, but they depend so much on their mom and dad for so much.
It got me thinking about how much their parents and grandparents are not a whole lot different. We have learned to do what we can to take care of ourselves. We have even been to college to get training in specific fields of expertise. Work has always been something we know must be done. But, with all the knowledge in the world we can attain, there is still a common thread of understanding in us all—we need help! In fact, we need a lot. Just stop and think about how much all of us share commonality in this. We need industry that provides products and services essential to living in a safe environment. We need homes, cars, groceries, utilities, jobs, and the list goes on and on. With all these needs how can anyone ever truly say they are self-made? No man is a self-made man. No woman is a self-reliant woman! We by nature need! Now, it might be said that some need more than others, but all of us rely on other things and people for our survival.
The psalmist wrote, “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy upon us.” (Psalms 123:1–2 ESV)
Orphanages all around the world are filled with unwanted, or parentless, children. I am horrified at the idea that my grandchildren would ever have to survive somehow on their own. Far more horrifying is how so many grown-ups in this old world live under the futile belief that they do not need anything or anybody to help them. Hospitals are filled with people who think they have no one to turn to in their hours of desperation. The early church father, Augustine, summed it well when he prayed, “Our hearts are restless until we find rest in Thee!” We need God! We need His guidance, and His love. He has provided His word, the Bible, to enrich our place in life, to help us survive in this world.
With God, there is never a need to feel that you are surviving alone. Who can not appreciate the sentiments of the apostle, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV) A Christian cannot help but be encouraged at the words of Jesus, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b ESV)
Sometimes I look at my grandkids and think, “I wonder if God looks at me like I do them?” He does, and more! Again, the psalmist wrote, “The Lord has remembered us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron; He will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great.
May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalms 115:12–15 ESV)