When Will God Help Me?

Dr. Mel TavaresBy Dr. Mel Tavares5 Minutes

You may have a situation in your life that seems impossible and are asking the question, “When will God help me?” You may feel despondent, lacking hope that God does hear the cry for help. God does listen to you and does hear your cry for help.

Three Ways that God Helps You

  1. God provides answers to your prayers. Because He knows what is best for you (Jeremiah 29:11) and His ways are not your ways (Isaiah 55:9), the answers may not be the ones you are waiting for, but He is faithful to answer.
  2. God plans to work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28). He loves you with everlasting love. He is your spiritual Father, and His heart is toward you. Often, working all things together requires God to maneuver circumstances, wait on you to take a step in the process, or for another person in your life to take action on something.
  3. God loves to help you. There is nothing He will not do to help you when you are seeking Him and living your daily life to please Him. In Matthew 7:7-11 (NIV), Jesus asked the question, “If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?”

Faith and Trust are Necessary

Unanswered prayers are challenging for people of all ages, even mature Christians. C.S. Lewis, a famous author, and theologian watched his precious wife die of bone cancer. His prayers seemingly went unanswered from an outside perspective. Not necessarily.

Faith and trust in Christ are necessary to finding peace when God seemingly ignores prayers, and it seems He does not intend to help you in your circumstances. Just as Jesus did in the Garden, each of us needs to learn to pray ‘not my will, but your will be done’ and know that God has the best plans.

Help is Heaven Sent

Perspective can quickly become negative if you are waiting for Him to help you. Whether you need food, housing, finances, a job, physical healing, relational healing, or emotional healing, know that you can trust God.

Be careful not to dismiss unconventional answers to the prayers you are waiting for God to answer. While it is incredible when God steps in and supernaturally heals a person of an illness, often the help comes through medical intervention. Help for a job may come in the form of God bringing a person across your path looking for employees. It may not be the job you were praying for, but remember that God’s ways are not yours. You don’t know what stepping stone a provided position may become! Suppose you are praying for God to help with a strained family relationship, and a co-worker begins asking questions about your family. In that case, God probably intends to use your co-worker to help you gain perspective and partner in prayer with you.

God Promises to Be a Very-Present Help

Reading the Bible is an important way of discovering what God says about Him being a very present help in the time of trouble. Scriptures such as Psalm 46:1 will comfort you if you trust God. The Amplified version says God is a well-proven and very present help. Let the phrase ‘well-proved sink deep for just a moment. Well-proved indicates others can testify to the fact that God has helped them. Acts 10:34 is written to remind you God is no respecter of persons. What He has done for others, He will do for you.

Wait for God’s Help

As previously stated, God’s ways are not our ways. His timing is not ours. We must learn to trust Him completely. As you pray and wait for God to bring the help you are asking for, remember He loves you and wants to provide the very best for you. He is trustworthy, and help is coming. As you pray and read the Bible, wait expectantly and remember that the help may come in unusual ways.

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