The One Year Devo

September 19, 2020

Isaiah 30:12-33:9; Galatians 5:1-12; Psalm 63:1-11; Proverbs 23:22

Help! Kids are generally much better at asking for help than adults. Somehow the older we get the more competent we feel we are at navigating life on our own. The Gospel runs contrary to this attitude. It tells us that we are so helpless in the face of sin that Christ came to die for us to reconcile us to God. This battle between wanting to pretend we don't need help and our actual hopeless condition is played out in Scripture.

The Israelites in Isaiah 30-33 think their own strength will provide deliverance rather than calling out to God for help and deliverance. The Galatians in chapter 5 think that their own conformity to the Old Testament law and thus their own performance somehow makes them more righteous and pleasing to God. In contrast, Psalm 63 proclaims that God is "my help." David knows that God alone can meet the deepest needs of his life and that the first step to healing is to ask for help. This is the same skill we need to cultivate, calling out to God and asking for help in every aspect of our lives.

Question of the day: What things keep you from quickly calling out to God for help?

God my Father, thank you that you help those who call out to you. Help me not to rely on myself but to trust in you. I am more needy than I can even comprehend so help me to continually cry out to you for the help which I so desperately need. Amen.

Derek Newbery