Have you ever needed to fix something? Like a favorite toy or a Lego that wouldn’t go together or come apart the way you wanted it to?
Maybe something in your car broke – a tire went flat or a spark plug stopped doing its job, a door wouldn’t open? Or your house – the water won’t go down a sink right or someone accidentally broke a window, or maybe just a lightbulb went out way up high?
Things break, things stop working, things need cleaning and attention to get them working just the way we want them to.
When Tola and Jair showed up in Israel, there was a lot broken. There wasn’t necessarily broken refrigerators or furniture in their houses, but big broken things, like broken leadership, broken systems for who makes what decisions, broken relationships, and especially broken understanding of who God was and what He wanted for His people.
There are so many broken things in life because sin exists and there are so many broken things in our life because we are sinful people.
God doesn’t always fix things.
God does send help though.
God sent Tola and Jair to help the Israelites remember who God was.
God sent Tola and Jair to help the Israelites remember what God had done for them before.
God sent Tola and Jair to help the Israelites remember who was their leader.
Statues couldn’t lead them - fake gods, and false worship couldn’t lead them. Only God could lead them and help them face their enemies who wanted to hurt them.
What do you need help with today?
How does God help us, even when He doesn’t fix things we want Him to fix?
He sends Jesus to be with us. He gives us heaven and the new creation where things will be fixed forever – our houses, our toys, our relationships, and especially our sin and sadness. He gives us songs and worship to help us remember Him. He gives us the Bible and prayers so that we can talk to Him.
Jesus is a Mighty Helper and He makes Tola, Jair, you, and me helpers in this world too.
Where is He sending you to help today, Mighty Warrior?
Lord, You are our Mighty Help and You save us from our sins. Thank You for coming to rescue us at just the right time. Thank You for sending Your Spirit to help us every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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