We Need God
As we finish 2021 and begin a new year, 2022, may we never forget that “We Need God.”
We live in a society today where people are becoming more and more independent. People’s attitudes are “leave me alone” “I can do it by myself” “I don’t need anyone’s help.” Many people think it is a sign of weakness to need anyone’s help. The truth is we need one another’s help.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
We need another in our efforts to learn to live in society wna most importantly, in our fight against sin and our struggle to serve Jesus daily.
But most of all, WE need God.
People’s attitude of independence has carried into their spiritual lives. They feel that they do not need God’s help. They do not need the spiritual guidance provided by His word they believe. They feel they can make it on their own in their spiritual quest.
Take a few moments and look at our lives and see where we need God’s help and what He can offer us.
- We need God when we are tired.
- Galatians 6:9 “Do not lose heart in doing good.” When we are striving to follow God and do His will, we can get discouraged and weary. That is when we need God to reassure us through His word, that it will all be worth it. Jesus lets us know in II Timothy 4:8 that “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
- We need God when we are angry.
- We all get mad at times and when we do we need to control our temper. Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry and yet do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger.” I need God to instruct me through His word to control my anger and learn how to react in trying situations.
- We need God when we are sad.
- We all experience sadness when we go through life. Sadness may be the result of sickness, death of a loved one, mistreatment by others, difficult situations at home, school or in the neighborhood. We all realize life will have its disappointments and we need someone to help during such times. John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” When I read that Jesus wept, I begin to understand better the tears I shed. It is a normal feeling to cry at sad times. It is comforting to know my Savior wept and that He understands my tears and my sadness. When we are sad, we are not alone. Jesus is with us. I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” The next time you are faced with sadness, turn to Jesus. He understands and He can help.
- We need God when everything is going fine.
- We turn to God quickly when trials and tribulations come our way and forget about Him when things are going well. We need God as much in our life during our peaceful times. We need to pray as much during peaceful times; study as much during successful times. We need to pray for His guidance and blessings and to give thanks for the prosperity that we enjoy. Ecc. 7:14 “In the day of prosperity, be happy.”
- We need God when we sin.
- We do not try to sin, but we all fall short of doing the Father’s will. A joy we have in Jesus is to know we can be forgiven of our sins. Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” This is the instruction given non-Christians. I John 1:7-9 “Confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us.” (instruction to the Christian) “Animal sacrifices will not cleanse us, only the blood Jesus can wash away one’s sins.” We need Jesus if we are not Christians so we might be cleansed of our old sinful life by the blood of Jesus when we are baptized as believers. We need Jesus if we are Christians so that we may be cleansed of the sins we commit daily. When we confess our sins His blood cleanses us.
There were times when it looked like Jesus was all alone. On the cross the apostles had left Him. People were ridiculing Him but He said He could have called legions of angels to help Him. He knew He was not alone. The child of God is not alone either. God wants to help you in your service to Him, but it all begins with the realization, We Need God.