Adversity, What Do The Scriptures Teach Us? (Part 3)

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Adversity, What Do The Scriptures Teach Us? (Part 3)

Now one of the missteps we make is to fall prey to the oft repeated phrase “pray for destiny helpers.” Let’s share here a pointed event that brings full clarity to the point at issue (1 Samuel 7:3-15).

*For many years Jehovah God was with Israel. As time passed the people of Israel became arrogant and sinned against the Lord, they worshiped idols and turned away from the ways of God. And God turned away from His people. After a humiliating defeat of Israel to the Philistines the Ark of God was stolen and Israel realized that God had forsaken them. In desolation they turned to Samuel prophet of the Lord to intercede on their behalf. Samuel ordered them to gather at Mizpah, and rid themselves of the foreign gods and to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. Israel fasted and confessed.

When the Philistines knew that the Israelites had assembled at Mizpah they came up with a plan to destroy all the Israelites, terrified the Israelites pleaded with Samuel to intercede for them. Samuel offered a burnt offering and cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf. As the Philistines drew near the Lord thundered against them, throwing them into a panic. The Philistines fell into disarray and were routed by the Israelites. With the help of the Lord the Israelites recovered their territory. It was at this place that Samuel set up a marker with a stone and named it Jehovah Ezer, the Lord our helper. 
*Taken from Grace Media

The point of emphasis here is that the Lord is the ONLY helper! This help (“EZER”) is obviously coming from the Lord and is something that even royalty and powerful men cannot provide (2 Kings 6:27). It can be withdrawn in times of judgment; or can be limited in times of testing and purification. No human can do this. It is clearly divine in nature.

  • **It is adequate and effective: Friends come to our aid, but often they cannot help us because their resources are inadequate.
  • It is always available & timely because the Lord who doesn’t change is always with us (John 11:21,32; Psalm 46:1).
  • It is appropriate to our individual needs because it is personally dispensed to each of us according to our need.
  • His help is more than help. He carries all the burdens and supplies all the needs (Hebrews 13:6).
  • Because He has already been our help, we feel confidence in Him for the present and the future **Taken from Words of Life Ministries

In the days of His flesh on earth, the Lord twice emphasized this in John 14:16 (EASY) and John 15:26 (EASY). You will wonder why this emphasis? We often look the wrong way for help. We ought to recognise and approach who is our helper, and trust Him.

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. Psalm 54:4

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper. Hebrews 13:6a

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. Psalm 121:5-6

I will lift up my eyes unto the hill, from whence cometh my help. Psalm 121:1

Be mindful of you seeking your helpers, let God send them! So that in Him alone I trust. He is the only true helper throughout life’s journey. He alone sends us helpers (John 15:26; John 14:26). 

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

1 thoughts on “Adversity, What Do The Scriptures Teach Us? (Part 3)

  • Michael Mercy

    The Lord isy Helper.


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