Conditional Help.

I learned a long time ago, that Psalm 121:2, holds true. “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” You see, there’s a lot of “conditional help” in this world, many of which carries a lot of fine print. The bad thing about fine print is, it’s fine print! Lol People typically pay attention to the big picture and ignore the small details, but a wise person knows that the small details is what makes the big picture. Luke 6:35, “But love ye your enemies, and do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest; for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all lived like this? Unfortunately, not everyone do good or lend out of love. There are many who do, and they are truly Godsends, however, there are those who only do these things with selfish motives. How is God being glorified in that? I don’t want your help if it comes with fine print. Matthew 6:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

It’s important that we do the will of God without placing any expectations on people. We should love and support people sincerely, not because we are seeking popularity, an ego boost, a favor, or using our “good deeds” as a form of manipulation. None of these things are good, godly or holy. All too often we offer conditional help. “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mines.” I know you’ve probably heard the phrase. That’s the world we live in. You do me a favor and I’ll do you one. The problem is, we shouldn’t be looking for favor from people, because what happens when people disappoint? There are no perfect people so it will happen, and when it does, if you were looking for this person to come through for you, and they don’t, it could cause you to lose hope, feel depressed and be disappointed, but David said, “My help comes from the LORD.” This should put things into perspective when we give. If you know that your help comes from the LORD, you won’t place any expectations on people. It’s nice when people are good to you, support you, love you, and are there when you need them, but we shouldn’t expect them to do these things because we did something for them. We shouldn’t be doing favors, we should be doing, out of the kindness of our hearts. It’s important that we seek God before accepting anyone’s support, because not all help is helpful. We should also seek God before giving, not just financially, but in other areas of our life, because the last thing we want to do is cast our pearls before swine. Matthew 7:6, “”Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Some people’s help carry a very small print, and if you’re desperate you’ll miss it. One act of desperation could cause you everything. Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Don’t look to people, look to God and He will order your steps. There’s a peace that comes with seeking Him first in all things. Remember, God can use people to bless you, but people aren’t who you should look to. Look to Him.

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