I will raise my eyes to the mountains; from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. – Psalms 121:1-2
In the old western movies, when the hero got into trouble, he would look to the horizon for someone to ride in on horseback (“Here comes the cavalry!”) and save him. Ancient Israel, under siege from almost every enemy that surrounded them, often looked to some neighboring nation to come, and bring relief. When we find ourselves facing overwhelming odds, when “life” seems to be spinning out of control, where do we go for help?
The psalmist understood an enduring principle. The crises of life are designed and given by our Sovereign God to reveal our inadequacies, to cause us to look beyond the resources of our own deliverance to the One who manufactures any and every potential resource (physical or spiritual) known to mankind.
The greatest problem mankind has ever faced, sin, was an unconquerable foe; at least, it was until Jesus came, died, and rose again. So, when trials and tribulations arise, let’s raise our eyes to the One (Christ Jesus) who makes eternal removal (forgiveness) of the eternal stain (sin) possible. He is Creator, Sustainer, and Savior. He can help.
Whatever gets our attention, gets us. Our gaze must be person-centered, not problem-centered and that Person must be Jesus Christ. – Selwyn Hughes