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Our Help.

2 Timothy 4    Jeremiah 11-12    Psalm 124

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side . . .” (Psalm 124:1). Today’s readings place before God as our true help and strength in every situation. So the psalmist gives thanks to God, and no one else, for “escape” from those who “would have swallowed us up alive” (Psalm 124:3). So, also, it is to the Lord that Jeremiah turns when others plot against his life and even his family deals treacherously against him (Jeremiah 11:19,20; 12:6), and Paul, though deserted and imprisoned, declares, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18).

“But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that . . .” (2 Timothy 4:17). “So that,” what? “So that through me the message might be fully proclaimed.” Taken together with verse 18 and Jeremiah’s “for to you I have committed my cause,” (Jeremiah 11:20), Paul’s “so that” reminds us that these faithful servants of God understand and trust the Lord’s help both fully and broadly. That is, they seek “help” in the service of a larger purpose — the proclamation of the Lord’s message — and, they see “rescue” as encompassing far more than simply the extension of physical life. As Paul has written elsewhere (and also from prison toward the end of his life), “For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain” (Philippians 1:21). All of which leads me to contemplate my own purposes and goals in my various cries for help . . .

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Faith and faithfulness travel together. Those who trust God to help in and through every situation are set free to give themselves to staying true to God. Hear Jeremiah: “But you, O Lord, know me; You see me and test me — my heart is with you” (12:3). Together, the Apostle and the Prophet offer this word to you and me:  Trust God and finish the race. Even if you are competing against horses! (Jeremiah 12:5). May we trust God fully and broadly. May we rely on the Lord as our true and eternal help. And may we keep the faith and finish the race. Amen.

“Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.”
— Psalm 124:8


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