Only Trying to Help

Read Romans 8: 28-39

What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won't he also surely give us everything else?

Romans 8:31-32 (TLB)


Chuck Kralik is from Missouri. On a recent visit at his sister-in-law's house in Nebraska, Chuck noticed a baby robin that had fallen into a basement window well. The well was too deep for the bird to free itself, and Chuck soon realized that he would have to rescue it. He moved quickly to scoop the bird from the window well. But when he stooped down beside it, it began to chirp wildly in fear. Soon, Chuck was bombarded by the baby robin's family, who had been watching from a nearby tree.

After rescuing the robin, Chuck realized that the small bird had perceived his best intentions as a desire to harm it. Perhaps if the robin had known he was trying to help, it would not have so vehemently resisted.

Sometimes, we are like that baby bird. We find ourselves in some predicament, often of our own making, but we don't recognize God's power to rescue us.

May our faith remind us that God is for us, not against us, and that God cares for us far more deeply than we can imagine. When we cry out to God in prayer, God can rescue us from our deepest fear and despair.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving and caring for us. Forgive us when we resist your help, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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