Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 3, 2016

“my help is not within me” – “My help comes from the Lord”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 6.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“8 “Oh that my request might come to pass,
And that God would grant my longing!
9 “Would that God were willing to crush me,
That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
10 “But it is still my consolation,
And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 “What is my strength, that I should wait?
And what is my end, that I should endure?
12 “Is my strength the strength of stones,
Or is my flesh bronze?
13 “Is it that my help is not within me,
And that deliverance is driven from me?”  Job 6:8-13.

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Job had feelings of longings for death:  “Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!”

Job also had consolation:  “But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.”

But, Job recognized that the reason why he did not deny God was not his own strength:  “Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze?”

Job recognized that “my help is not within me”.

Other doctrine teach that our help is within us.  It proclaims:  “We can do works.  We have the will (the choice) to do good or to not deny God or at least to accept a Savior”.

But, Reformed Doctrine, like Job, recognizes that “my help is not within me”.

Our help is not based on our strength or endurance.  Our help is not based on our works.  Our help is not even based on our alleged free will (choice) to do something (such as accept Christ) or not do something (such as not denying God).  Our help is not based on anything within us.

“1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”
Psalm chapter 121.
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In conclusion, the reason why Job did not deny God is that God did not allow Job to deny Him.  God was Job’s keeper.  God protected Job from all evil.  God kept Job’s soul.  Although there was no help within Job, Job’s help came from God.

Likewise, Reformed Doctrine recognizes that there is no help within us through its teaching of “Total Depravity”.  Likewise, Reformed Doctrine teaches that our help comes from God from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the Five Points of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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