“Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:”
There are going to be times in your life that the only way you are going to make it is with God’s help. In fact, most of the time, if you are honest with yourself, you have only made it because you “obtained help of God.” Paul understood the need for God’s help, and he recognized the fact that it was because of God’s help that he “continued unto this day.”
The keyword is this verse is “continue.” The word “continue” means to carry on without interruption, or to persist in an activity. Continue means to carry on traveling in the same direction. In other words, Paul didn’t change courses because life got hard, but he continued doing what he was supposed to do when the hard times came. My friend, quitting in the hard times is not the answer to making it, and changing courses to find a different way is not the answer to making it in the hard times. The answer to making it in the hard times is to continue with God’s help. This verse teaches several things that will help you in your daily Christian walk.
First, you will never make it without God’s help. You will come to the quitting point at some period of your life, and the only way to make it is with God’s help. To continue trying to make it without the help of God is spiritual suicide. You can continue trying to do everything on your own, but at some point, you are going to find yourself in need of help and coming to the end of your abilities. Let me point out that you must have God’s help to make it.
Second, God will not help you unless you ask. God does not impose Himself on anyone, but He is always ready and near enough to hear your cry for help in your time of need. Paul said, “Having therefore obtained help of God…” To obtain God’s help means he had to petition God to get His help. God is very willing to help you continue, but you must ask Him. Sadly, God watches His children go until they realize they need His help when He would have helped them had they asked Him at the beginning. Don’t waste your energy trying to do it on your own; rather, immediately go to God for help so that you don’t waste time and energy getting to the point where you realize you can’t do it without Him.
Third, God’s help comes while you continue. My friend, you don’t need God’s help to sit, you need His help to serve, and His help only comes while you serve Him. It was while Paul continued that he obtained God’s help. Paul didn’t find God’s help while he was sitting or running from his problems, but he found them while he was continuing.
If it was while Paul was continuing that he received God’s help, then what was he continuing? First, he continued doing what he was already doing for the LORD. You will never find God’s help to continue by quitting your spiritual responsibilities. God’s help comes while you continue.
Second, Paul continued to witness for Christ. The verse above says, “I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great…” God will care for your needs if you will get busy doing His work of spreading the Gospel. The key to finding God’s help is not by focusing on your needs, but by continuing to reap the harvest of souls. It is while you stay focused on God’s commission to be a soul winner that He helps you by stepping in to solve your problems.