Christ is our very present help, as believers. Psalm 46:1 says "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
In times like these, when trouble is evidenced by a pandemic like COVID-19, we must do well to ask if this is our only time of trouble. Are we only in trouble when there's a virus with no present cure? When there are floods all over the country? When the future of this world is uncertain and we don't know when things will go back to normal? Or if indeed things will go back to normal. Is it only then that we are in trouble? That we are needy? The answer is no.
What we see and experience in floods and disease is as a result of that which has made us poor even in spirit. Sin. Sin is present with us daily. In ourselves and outside ourselves. Sin is present within and without.
One thing we all must acknowledge is that sin cannot be fought in our own strength and because of this, we need help from without. We need Christ. Just as we needed Him at the time of our regeneration and salvation, we need Him now as we go through sanctification.
We are always needy of mercy and grace. Since we have a very present trouble (sin). Isn't it great that our God is a very present help? Isn't it great that in His Word we see Christ being able to help them that are tempted because He Himself has suffered being tempted (Hebrews 2:18)?
Hebrews 4:15-16 "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." (ESV)
Brethren, we have the Lord Jesus, a very present help for us and we sure do have a great need. Let us go to Jesus Christ daily and have our everyday needs met by Him.
By Mercy Chepchirchir