"Help me!" This is a phrase that is heard multiple times a day in my house. My kids recognize that they can't do everything and need an adult to assist them. Sadly, as we get older, we begin to believe the lie that we shouldn't acknowledge need and shouldn't ask for help. Our pride steps in and doesn't want to admit that we are needy.
As we look at the interactions of Jesus and members of the crowd in Matthew 8 we see Jesus respond to their neediness. A leper asks to be made clean and is healed by Jesus. A centurion in desperation asks for help and Jesus responds. These people flocked to Jesus, acknowledged their need, and in doing so found healing and hope. This isn't simply true of Jesus while he walked the earth, this is true of God's unchanging character today.
Psalm 9:18 tells us that "God will never forget the needy.” We need to stop trying to pretend that everything is fine and admit our needs before God and others. We can allow God to do his healing work in our lives.
Question of the day: Where are you trying to pretend that you are OK instead of asking for help?
Father God, thank you that you never forget the needy. Help me to continually acknowledge my neediness before you and live in reliance upon you instead of myself. You are God and I am not, so help me to run to you with all my needs, knowing that you will lift me up. Amen.