“Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.”
Whenever we are faced with trials, it seems that our first instinct is to run to man for help. Though I understand that there are people who can help you through your trials, at best they can only help you to their ability. The verse above puts it best when it says, “…vain is the help of man.” You have a choice from whom to get help; you can go to the one whose help is inferior, or you can go to the help of One Who has no vulnerabilities. It seems like an easy choice to make, but one choice is made by sight, and the other is made by faith. Your choice is to avail yourself to the help of man, or by faith trust the help of God. Let me remind you of the differences between the two.
First, man can help temporarily, but God helps permanently. Man’s help is only a temporary fix because he can only fix what He knows; whereas, God fixes problems with eternity in view. You can go to man and get a bandaid to fix your problems, or you can trust God to fix whatever you may face permanently.
Second, man can help to his power, but God can help to omnipotence. The person you are running to for help may have the ability to be influential, but even the strongest and most influential person still has limitations. When you go to God, you are accessing omnipotence. There is no limit as to what God can do. You can trust the limitations of man with your problems, or you can trust the boundless power of an Almighty God. The choice is not really fair to compare.
Third, man can help to his experience, but God can help to omniscience. The difference between man and God is that God’s experience covers the past, present and future. God doesn’t have to look back to find out how to help you because He already knows what is ahead. Let me ask you, would you rather trust someone who doesn’t know what is coming or Someone who already knows what your future holds? When you put your trust in God, you are trusting the One Who takes your whole life into account.
Fourth, man can help to his influence, but God can help to His omnipresence. When your troubles come, you can trust man who has limited influence or you can trust God who is everywhere and can change the heart of man. Christian, it really isn’t a hard choice to make when you see that man can only try to influence those he contacts for help, or you can trust God who is everywhere and can change the situation according to His will.
Fifth, man can help to his availability, but God can help to His faithfulness. Man is not always available because there will be times when you try to contact a person that they will be out of touch. Christian, God’s line of communication is always open. His line of communication is never offline, busy or silent. You can always be assured that God is available at the moment you contact Him through prayer.
My friend, when you look at these choices, it really doesn’t seem to be a difficult choice. It truly takes more faith to trust man than it does to trust God. When you have problems, let me remind you of Hebrews 4:16 that says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Trusting God for your problems will never bring you disappointment.