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January 27, 1999

Beyond Self-Help

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Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. PSALM 130:1
Self-help has never been bigger in our culture. Every year, we spend countless millions of dollars on self-improvement conferences, books, tapes, and videos. Psychology has become our national religion. And there does not seem to be any end in sight.
Self-help products—when they tap into truth—can be helpful, but they are not the solution to every problem. In fact, we sometimes fall to depths that we cannot “self-help” our way out of. There are times in life when things look so bleak that we cannot raise up our heads, when circumstances are so dark that we cannot see the road ahead. These are not the times for self-help. In these moments, only God-help will do.
When we find ourselves in the depths where only God can reach us, what do we do? How do we get His attention? The psalmist instructs us to do three things; the rest is up to God:
First, we wait for Him. This is not a popular thing to do. We’d much rather follow three easy steps for a quick solution. Unfortunately, life is difficult, and solving problems is messy and takes time. The good news is that God is never late. The bad news is that He is rarely early. But He is faithful. If you wait, then He will come.
Second, we get in His Word. We can’t just read it; we have to delve into it. How are you as a student of the Bible? If you do not cultivate your love of Scripture when skies are blue, you will not turn there when the skies grow dark. Those days will come, so let’s ready ourselves by reading, studying, soaking, meditating, chewing, and digesting His Word until it literally becomes food that sustains us.
Third, we hope in Him. We have to have hope, especially when life is grim. Loss of hope is not tragic; it’s dangerous. Misdirected hope is foolish. All other gods are mute, deaf, dumb, and immobile beings fashioned by the hands of men. There is one—and only one—true God, and it is in Him that we should hope and trust.
If your days are dark and despair is creeping in, rest assured that He is coming. His rescue is imminent and sure. His covenant is lasting. His faithfulness is certain.

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