Many citizens not accepting available aid

Spiritual Outlook with K.A. Zachary

In current times the word “aid” has become a common word in daily news. We often read of our federal government offering financial aid, foreign aid, medical aid, military aid, emergency aid, and a myriad of other forms of help extended to meet the needs of our global community. Though I am sure we all greatly appreciate the work of our elected officials and their diligence in helping us with our concerns, there is an aid that is more important and often neglected. The aid of which I speak is Divine aid.

In the Bible we find a standing offer of God’s assistance to our frazzled lives. God is available if we would but seek Him. Listen to his offer of aid, “Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). We believe that God has established government and has ordained elected officials to do their work, but the aid our world needs first and foremost is Divine. When our families are falling apart, our marriages are on the verge of total collapse, our health is declining, and our finances are depleted, when we are spent (i.e., when we  have labored to the point of being heavy laden and we realize no one has the power to fix our problem), there is yet hope! Jesus Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth, says “Come to me.” Why would we delay taking our needs to the One who has promised to come to our rescue?

Years ago I purchased a book written by a Dutch priest who lived and wrote in the 15th century. The writer’s name was Thomas A’Kempis and the book he wrote is entitled The Imitation of Christ. The book has been and remains one of my favorite devotionals. Using his unique style of bringing Scripture to bear on various topics, he writes the following on the subject of “Craving the Divine Aid and Confidence of Recovering Grace,” (I have slightly altered the wording to accommodate the modern reader):

“My son, I am the Lord that gives strength in the day of tribulation (Nahum 1:7). Come unto me, when it is not well (Matthew 11:28). This is that which most of all hinders heavenly comfort, that you are too slow in turning yourself to prayer. For before you earnestly seek me, you seek many other comforts and delight yourself in outward things. Therefore, it comes to pass that in all your doing, you experience little profit, until you consider well that I am he who delivers those who trust in me; and that without me there is neither powerful help, not profitable counsel, nor lasting remedy. Now, having recovered from a tempest, gather strength in light of my mercies; for I am at hand, says the Lord, to repair all, not only entirely, but also abundantly an in the most plentiful measure. Is there anything difficult for me? Or am I like unto one that promises and does not perform? (Matthew 23:35).  Where is your faith? Stand firmly and with perseverance; take courage and be patient; comfort will come in due time.”

In consideration of all the aid being offered to our needy world, why are so many refusing the offer of God’s aid? Also, in view of the fact that God aids us daily without our request, should we not at least bow in gratitude for the blessings we have received?

Submitted by K.A. Zachary, Pastor of New Covenant Church, 215 Florida Ave., Denham Springs. Contact Rev. Zachary at 225-664-0858.