This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Psa 30:10 KJV] 10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
A quick reaction force (QRF) is an armed military unit capable of rapidly responding to developing situations, usually to assist allied units in need of assistance. They are equipped to respond to any type of emergency within a short time frame.
What comes to mind when you see the use of the word “helper”? Do you think of a child helping a parent? Or maybe a “good Samaritan” helping an elderly friend? Of the 82 times this word is used in the Old Testament, many of those uses are used in a military context where the LORD is intervening to save His people.
As we dig even further into the use of this word, I find it fascinating that it is also the root word used in Genesis to describe “Eve” (Gen 2:18… “I will make him a “help mate”) Often culture has struggled with the term “help mate” as derogatory or implying a lesser status. However, when we look at the broader context of this word we get a much stronger, fuller picture of how God viewed this partnership.
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend. Take some time to think about how God has been your “helper.” Now zoom out and consider how some of the women in your life have helped model this. How has your mom, wife, sister, friend demonstrated this?
As we celebrate this weekend let’s highlight these God honoring heroes who run into and run alongside our biggest challenges. Who respond with selfless love and sacrificial grace when we need it most. How will you bless the “helper” God has placed in your life?