We all go through hardships, struggles, and obstacles. In those situations, we always have the option to reach out to God and to others. However, there is one thing that can impede us from doing so. That thing is pride.
Pride presents itself in thoughts like “I can handle this on my own”, “No one can help me better than I can”, “I don’t want to bother anyone with my problems”, “there is no one to help me anyway”, “I’m not about to be out here looking weak”. These thoughts can go on and on, until we have completely isolated ourselves. The enemy favors pride and loves isolation. In isolation, he can bring in anger, blame, depression, anxiety, and much more. But it does not have to be like this.
We are not meant to go through life alone. We have help. Our greatest help comes from God. I love Psalm 121, which reads…
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)
God is our present help (Psalm 46:1). It gives Him pleasure when we humble ourselves and seek His help. We can always count on God to be there for us, ready to bring us through.
God also places people in our lives who can help us. In fact, believers are all charged with the responsibility of helping each other. After all, we are one connected body (Romans 12:5). So, please believe, it is okay to seek help from the right people.
14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?”17 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. 18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself…. 22 They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you.
Exodus 18:14,17-18,22 (NLT)
This is just a gentle reminder to you, and myself, to put pride aside. God knows what we go through and He wants us to seek Him. We were designed to be dependent. Even if we got ourselves into a mess, or if we are constantly in need, He still wants to help us. So, talk to Him and let Him be your God.
Also, allow other people to help you. The right people will be willing to help. You’re image should be of no concern when you heart and well-being are involved. Some of us are wearing ourselves thin for no reason. Do not let pride keep you from asking for help. Do not allow pride keep you from your break through.