Do you ever find yourself relying on yourself too much, even during a fast? You may ask God for help here and there, but for the most part, you rely on yourself. I know I do. I think for me, it comes from a “pick yourself up from your bootstraps” mentality that has been poured into me my whole life, from my family and from culture. This mentality has a lot of benefits, but one major downfall is the tendency to not ask for help even when we need it, like not asking for directions when I’m lost. I insist that I can do it on my own, I don’t need help from anybody. Even in harder situations where I don’t just need help, I actually need saving. In those situations, I have to fight the urge to handle it myself and identify that I need saving. If you’re identifying with what I’m saying, there’s hope for us do-it-ourself-ers (I just made that up).
When I read our Bible reading today, a passage in Psalms 54 stood out to me:
Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.[c]
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
David has postured himself, humbly before God. David, who is one of the manliest men in history, humbles himself and says, “Save me, O God.” David who at this point has fought Goliath, and is leading an army of 400 men, writes this song out of a need for a Savior.
Now I think we all KNOW that we need a Savior, but if you’re like me, you sometimes forget to ask for that saving. We forget to posture ourselves in humility. We keep trying to get out of whatever hole we’ve dug ourselves into. But we need to stop and realize that we need a Savior. That we have one and his name is Jesus. And he’s not far away, but he’s close and probably already reaching his hand toward us to pull us out, we simply need to identify our need, reach out and grab his hand.
During the rest of these 21 days, let’s not let our pride, our grit, or our bootstrap mentality get in the way of asking for our Savior to save us. I need saving and I know you do too.
Here are a few things I hope you can take away from this:
You need a Savior
His name is Jesus
He is willing AND able to save you
You just need to ask