Conntecting the Dots

Where Can We Find Help?

What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 31:1 NLT)

Hard times are inevitable. How do we respond?

  • Delve into a big dish of ice cream. The more chocolate sauce smothers it, the better.
  • Escape via alcohol, prescription drugs, soap operas, or work.
  • Withdraw for positive personal reflection.
  • Withdraw for not-so-positive pouting.
  • Go for a long, brisk walk.
  • Get angry, and then harbor that anger.
  • Study the latest self-help book.
  • Pour out our heart to a friend.
  • Pour out our heart to God.  Ask Him to show us His way and give us His wisdom and peace.
  • Recall God’s promises and find strength in remembering what He’s declared.
  • Seek the help of a professional counselor.

My list is by no means complete, but it kickstarts our thoughts about how we respond when life brings the unexpected. Do we depend on a modern-day Egypt for help in solving our problems? Or do we look to the Lord to walk us through and give us victory?

Whatever our situation, it’s vital that we keep our eyes and our minds focused on the Lord. Granted, godly friends and counselors can help to a degree, but ultimately our God is the one who holds the key to wisdom and strength. He’s the one who knows our situation and its eventual outcome, and He knows what He wants to accomplish through it.

What sorrow awaits those who rely on human wisdom and strength alone, who place their trust in an Egypt of sorts. On the other hand, what promise awaits those who ultimately look to God for help: “My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me” (Psalm 62:7 NLT).

Question: What’s your Egypt?

4 Responses to “Where Can We Find Help?”

  1. Sandra Glass

    Dear Grace

    What a blessing this blog post is to me…thank you. I really need this at the moment as I am battling illness, severe abdominal pain,fatigue and struggling to function- the doctors cannot seem to get to the bottom of it. We are overwhelmed with medical bills but God has been good thus far. I am becoming depressed and anxious. I lost my Dad, a committed Christian, to sudden brain cancer at the end of last year and it has not been a good year. Worry about my mom, teenage daughter and husband too. Political situation in South Africa very worrying too. I am feeling overwhelmed.

    Thank you for reminding me that in God alone is my strength.
    I am immeasurably blessed by your facebook posts and your blog writings always bless me hugely.


    • Grace

      Dear Sandra:
      Thanks for encouraging me despite being in a hard place right now. “Father, please pour out Your Spirit on my friend today. Be real to her in a tangible way. Fill her mind with thoughts of who You are and of Your never-failing promises. Bring hope to her heart and healing to her body. Be her strength, her joy, her peace, and her provision in all things. I ask these things in Jesus’ name, trusting You to answer in a way that honors You. Amen.”


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