… You run to the armory… You inspect the breaks in the walls… You survey the houses for stone to strengthen the walls… You build a reservoir… But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago. Isaiah 22:8-11
The country of Judah was under attack from Assyria, but the inhabitants of Jerusalem did not fight with their fellow countryman. Instead, they enjoyed life in Jerusalem with parities and life as usual. But when the threat came to their homes, they began to arm themselves and fortify their defenses. They did everything possible except the one thing that could actually save them – ask God for help. They never considered His plan.
It’s easy to be consumed with ourselves. We all have responsibilities that we must attend to. We have bills to pay, children to feed, and personal battles to fight. And so we easily turn all of our attention upon ourselves; our needs, our wants, our desires. If Jerusalem had cared about their brothers and sisters under attack by Assyria and had fought with them, they would have been much better prepared for their own battle. One by-product of helping others is to receive the hands-on training to help ourselves! This is true because when we are helping others we seeking God’s will rather than their own pleasure. God leads us to love one another and help one another.
As I have begun my journey to better heart health, I realize that health is not about me. That is because life is not about me. It’s about God. He is the Creator, the Life-Giver, the Sustainer. He is my friend, companion, and my dad. And He is love. Therefore, love must be at the very foundation of a healthy life. My first response to any attack, whether it be physical or spiritual, must be to seek God’s wisdom, strength, and power. And this comes more naturally as I seek to live for others rather than myself.
When I keep my eyes on Jesus, He will not only initiate my faith, but perfect it (Hebrews 12:2). And when I live by the faith He continues to give me, I see with His eyes, touch with His hands, and go with His feet. With such an assurance, I know He will lead me to the right solutions and the best therapies as I serve others in His love. When I finally faced my health problems, it was tempting to first turn to solutions on the internet, or the doctor’s office, or the latest miracle cure.
I know the answers to life and health are discovered in a relationship with Jesus. So I ask for His help, and consider His plan for my life as I seek to serve others. This takes time each day. Time in His Word. Time listening to Him. Time emptying my mind of the distractions of this world and filling it with the attractions to His world.
What battles are you facing? Where will you seek your answers?