“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Help from the Other Side
(Please read Hebrews 4:14-16)
Years ago a young woman in Europe wanted to join her sweetheart, who had emigrated to America. She was very poor and could never save enough from her meager wages for the trip across the ocean. But she did not lose hope, for she was expecting help from the other side. Sure enough, her sweetheart sent her the necessary funds, a free gift, and she joined him on the other side.
Sometimes we may seem to decide that God is too busy running the universe to pay individual attention to us, and that Jesus did all he will do for us and went back to heaven. Or that the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible and has nothing more to do for us. And we tend to sort of forget about angels.
Such thinking causes people to depend on themselves, even in times of great need, instead of seeking the help available from the other side. And that’s a terrible mistake.
The Bible promises divine help in times of temptation, and indeed in every time of need, as shown in our text. No doubt there are times when we get help that we didn’t know we needed. For example, the Holy Spirit helps with our prayers (Romans 8:26-27). When we sin, God is ready to forgive (1 John 2:1-2). We don’t know exactly how angels do their work for us, but we must believe the Bible’s assertion that they are ministering spirits sent forth to minister to us (Hebrews 1:13-14).
Then we can face today with confidence and hope, secure in our faith that “the other side” is at our side.