Lord, help me through today!

Everyone goes through situations and circumstances in life that can cause distress, worry or anxiety. Everyone has times when they feel “overwhelmed” or “outnumbered” by the things that are coming against them. We face tough problems every day such as economic struggles, family difficulties, health problems, moral crises, personal grief, and the nagging pressures of time. When we are overwhelmed by life’s problems, we may become tired or even physically sick. We may become so “tied up in knots” that we are easily irritated and hard to live with. Many have said in desperation, “I have so much to do I don’t know where to begin!” Survival itself can become a struggle.

 

For many people each day is a huge struggle.  Their questions are “What can we do about today?” “How can God help us today to have peace and joy?” “How will God help us today to withstand our burdens and trials?” They cry out, “Lord, I’m living one day at a time, but help me through today!”

 

The people of the Bible also struggled with problems like these:

 

Psalm 116:3 - “…I saw only trouble and sorrow.” NLT

 

Jacob described his 130 years of life to Pharaoh as hard - “…few and evil…” (Genesis 47:9). NKJV

 

Moses spent a period of his life “wearing himself out” by taking on tasks too heavy for him alone:

 

Exodus 18:17-18: “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.” NLT

 

Job described life this way: Job 14:1 - “How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!” NLT

 

Jeremiah became so discouraged that he said: Jeremiah 15:10 – “…what sorrow is mine, my mother. Oh, that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go…” NLT

 

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement where I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘help me.’” 

 

Psalm 143:11 – “Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.” NKJV

 

“Life hurts - God heals!”

 

Jeremiah 17:14 – “O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone!” NLT

 

“Life is tough and full of troubles - sometimes it may feel like we are caught between ‘the devil and the deep blue sea,’ but there isn’t anything we can face in this life that God can’t help us through.” 

 

Jeremiah 32:27 – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” NKJV

 

God has made many great promises to His people to help us deal with the problems of life.

 

 

 

 

I.          The promise of strength

 

First, He said, “I will give you strength!” Isaiah 40:28–31: “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” NLT

 

Eric Liddel, the gold medalist portrayed in the movie “Chariots of Fire,” found his strength in this passage. Few people win gold medals, but many people who face struggles are heroes nonetheless. They keep striving because they know that God is with them.

 

Strength can be found in the “Word:” Psalm 1:1-3: “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” NLT

 

Strength can be found in “prayer:” Psalm 10:17 – “Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.” NLT

 

In times of suffering, God will “give us strength:” 1 Peter 5:10 – “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.” NLT

 

“There are times in our lives when we find ourselves wondering whether God has forgotten us or we have done something to disappoint Him. At times we all face a spiritual ‘Goliath,’ a problem so big there is no way we can solve it. When you face times of trial and difficulty, never forget, God is always present when we are in trouble!”

 

Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” NLT

 

Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV

 

Philippians 1:6 - “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” NLT

 

This should be a great encouragement to Christians in the midst of difficulties.

 

II.        The promise of nearness

 

Secondly, God promised, “I will hold you in My hand!”  Isaiah 41:10 – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” NLT

 

That means God hears the cries of His children, and He helps them to survive. Psalm 145:14 – “The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.” NLT

 

Psalm 145:18-20: “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. The Lord protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.” NLT

Psalm 68:19 – “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day He carries us in his arms.” NLT

 

Psalm 59:16 - “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” NLT

 

God is not distant from His people; He is always with them, doing what no one else can do. So when you think that you are about to be overcome by life’s circumstances, pray, “Lord, help me to remember that there is nothing that You and I cannot handle together.”

 

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself, ‘How did I get through all of that?’”


Psalm 25:5 - “Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” NLT

 

III.      The promise of love

 

Third, God promised, “I will love you forever!”  Psalm 103:17-18: “But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!” NLT

 

God’s steadfast love is promised; it is a covenant love, a sworn love from a righteous God who will never fail to keep His Word: Lamentations 3:22 – “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.” NLT

 

Paul said that nothing can separate us from the love of God: Romans 8:38-39: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NLT

 

IV.      The promise of eternal life

 

John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” NKJV

 

Revelation 14:13 - “…Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!” NLT

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” NLT

 

“Heaven truly is a far, far better place we go to, than we have ever been before – it is a far, far better resting place, than we have ever known.”

 

“There are far, far better things ahead, than any we leave behind!”  C.S. Lewis

 

1 Corinthians 2:9 – “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” NLT