Read the story of Naaman and the search for a cure in 2 Kings 5.
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed." Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT
“I can do it myself!” You hear it all around you. In the checkout lines. From kids in schoolyards and in playgrounds. Even in your own family. Maybe especially in your own family. But there is one place you might not notice it. In your own heart. We all still have that inner four-year-old hanging around and we want to do things ourselves. When someone asks, “Need help with that?” the four-year-old instinctively says, “No, thanks. I got it.” What we are really saying is, “I can do it myself.”
There are lots of reasons not to want help. We want the credit. We don’t want to explain how to do something. We don’t want to risk them messing it up. We don’t want to owe someone. The problem however is that when we keep saying, “I can do it myself” we end up BY OURSELVES.
We are not created to do life on our own. God designed us to help others and to need help from others. When we turn down help we are turning away from the possibilities that God might be opening up in our lives. Who knows if the person who offers to help you carry groceries to your car might be someone who would come to church if you asked?
If we follow the words of our inner four-year-old we’ll never find out the miracles God can do when we accept help from others. But if we open ourselves up to accept help, like Naaman did, amazing things can happen in our lives.
Listen carefully this week for times when others offer to help you. Then, don’t let yourself say, “No, thanks” or “I got it”. After all, those are just grown up versions of “I can do it myself.”
“May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.” Psalm 20:2 NLT
“If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecclesiastes 4:10 NLT
"The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death." Proverbs 13:14 NLT