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Prevailing Voice Daily 20th August 2020

20th August 2020
Text: John 5:5-8KJV

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

In life no man is an island, everyone at one point or the other needs help from someone else. We are important to each other, we are created to complement one another, God made us to be of help to one another, the rich are there to help the poor, the strong are there to help the weak, those healthy are meant to help the sick.

And like the saying that “the rich also cry”, it’s important to state that even the rich, the healthy and the strong do need help also. If you do not believe me, then read the account of how a slave of the Amalekites helped king David to locate the army of the Amalekites who invaded his land in Ziklag and took away everything he had according 2 Samuel 30. So everyone do need help at one time or the other.

Now there was a king in the scripture who was at a point of need and the person to help was not forth coming. That King was Saul according to 1 Samuel 13:8-12

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8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. 11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; 12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

King Saul needed Samuel the Priest to perform a sacrifice before going to war, he was in desperate need of this help before he can go to war, and when Samuel was not forth coming, he decided to help himself and that landed him in trouble, infact it cost him dearly that God took the kingdom away from him and God rejected him.

A common saying that “heaven helps those who help themselves”, which is a statement often meant that a person in need of help and help seems not to be available should do whatever he can to help himself out. This was what king Saul did, kicking against God’s counsel and it landed him in trouble. Many also have taken such initiatives to help themselves and often result in greater trouble.

Beloved, a question of thought is this “if a man can help himself, what then does he need heaven’s help for?” Therefore, when there is no one to help, I would rather say instead of helping yourself, look up to the God for help for he is the very present help in trouble. God bless you

* Father, I receive divine help today in the Name of Jesus

Numbers 27, Matthew 22.
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