It is much more comfortable to be the one giving help. Accepting help is against our grain in several instances. If one is the serving type and loves to make everyone else feel welcome – then accepting help can be hard. If one is a leader type and feels a weight of responsibility than being the one who needs help doesn’t feel quite right. And again, if we tend to be independent, then, help means dependence. There are many instances where we can find ourselves resisting the love and concern of others through practical acts of care they want to do to help us.
While Christianity causes us to be “givers” instead of “takers,” there is a time and season for many things in life. We are commanded to work hard and to be self-sacrificing. But sometimes it is our turn to humbly accept help. Humility is a Christ-like characteristic.
Elijah was a mighty prophet. God worked through him tremendously. Elijah stood against 450 false prophets of Baal and challenged them to a “bake-off.” Really, it was about Elijah offering a sacrifice to the one and only true God and proving to the whole community that the worship of Baal was idol worship. The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob was not pleased with the worship of other gods. The results were amazing. Then Elijah prayed for much-needed rain, and it poured. Not only did God dramatically answer his prayer, Elijah ran a race with a chariot and won! Talk about a spiritual high! In all these events Elijah was a spiritual leader.
Then it happened. The evil woman Jezebel threatened Elijah, and Elijah freaked out. Elijah fled for his life. In a short amount of time he found himself alone, exhausted and depressed. He asked God to take his life.
Elijah needed help.
The rest of the story is recorded in I Kings 19, but in short, Elijah needed some physical things to help him regain his emotional stability, his mental equilibrium, and strengthen his faith. Elijah was encouraged to sleep, eat, drink water and sleep some more. Then he went to be alone with God and pray.
Elijah’s healthy perspective returned.
We all need help sometimes. Followers of Christ are united into what the Bible describes as “the body of Christ,” meaning that although we all work in different ways, we are all important and needed. Like a physical body, some parts are more prominent, but each has a function that is vital to the health of the whole body. We help each other. No matter what part of that “body” we play, in some season of life we will need to help of others and we do well to accept that help.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.