November 1: “In Times of Distress, Where Do You Look for Help?”

Today’s Bible Reading:

2 Kings 14
2 Timothy 4
Hosea 7
Psalms 120-122

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 121:1–2 (CSB): “I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

You know what it’s like to be in distress, don’t you? You know what it’s like to feel all alone, while hoping that someone or something will come to your rescue, don’t you?

Maybe it’s a personal financial crisis and you just don’t know how it’s going to be resolved. Maybe it’s a relationship catastrophe, you feel misunderstood, and you are broken over the severed ties.

Whatever the scenario, each of us knows what it’s like to be broken and fearful, hoping and praying that help comes to the rescue. We’re not quite sure where it might come from (if it comes), so we look to the distant “hills.”

That’s what the Psalmist is doing in the verses I have chosen for today. He was in trouble and his eyes were looking toward the mountains. In his imagination, he probably saw hope galloping over the mountains to his aid. But then he came back to reality and realized that it was only a whimsical wish. His distress still existed.

But the Psalmist didn’t end there. He acknowledged that his help did not come from the other side of the mountains in front of him. His help came from the Heavens above him.

Psalm 121:1–2 (CSB): “I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Further, he recognized that as his help came from the Lord, it came from Someone who was infinitely powerful. Whatever problem the Psalmist was currently experiencing, it was nothing to the Lord.

How powerful is the Lord? Well, he’s “the Maker of heaven and earth!” When we read Genesis 1-2, we realize that He didn’t even get His hands dirty until He made mankind. He is so infinitely powerful that He simply spoke the universe into existence.

So, friend, a fact of life is that you have probably either recently experienced a problem, you’re going through a problem right now, or a problem lies just around the corner.

But don’t grovel in defeat. Don’t wallow in anxiety and fear. Look above you and call out for help from the One who is more than powerful enough to come to your aid. Maybe He will remove the problem or maybe He will simply empower You to go through the problem. Regardless, He’s only a prayer away.

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Lord Jesus, I know that I believe in You. I know that I am trusting in You. But sometimes that trust does not go as deep into my heart as I desire. I know that is true because anxiety and fear and distress would not exist if I were fully resting and You. Help me to develop the confidence in You that the Psalmist had. I know that life is going to be tough but help me to develop an even deeper faith in You that allows me to rest in Your care, even as I go through the difficulties of this life. I look forward to being with You forever one day in my Heavenly home! In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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