WHERE DOES MY HELP COME FROM?
I lift my eyes to the hills.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of Heaven and earth.
The following is the text from my 1st podcast on QUIET TALKS ON THE GOSPEL
This is episode 1. GOD'S PLANNER
Hello! This is Joyce McKeever
Welcome to my 1st podcast QUIET TALKS ON THE GOSPEL
You are listening to episode 1. God's Planner
This is a podcast mainly for women and girls . . . but guys are welcome too. When Christians refer to the "Gospel" we mean the 'good news' that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins. Then . . . and then we could become children of God which happens through faith alone and always in Christ alone. The Gospel changes EVERYTHING!
In times like these, are you sure whether or not you are God's child? The Bible states you CAN know for sure.
Someone said: The Dumbest purchase I made this year was a 2020 Planner. Me, too! I've been wondering . . did anyone who was evacuated due to an encroaching fire or flood take their planner with them? Did anyone who contracted Covid 19 take their planner with them to the hospital? Did anyone take a Bible with them? Because you see, the Bible is God's Planner. It tells the beginning and it tells the end and everything in between.
You probably have one or more Bible in your home. I'm going to read the first two verses of Psalm. 121. If you have a regular Bible (as opposed to a study Bible) you can just about always open the Bible in the middle and find the Psalms. (See above.)
These words are so familiar to me because I read them as a Pastor at graveside services following funerals. Have you been to a graveside service? Usually there are 4 chairs in a row for the immediate family. Those chairs face the casket. Everyone else stands up. Some stand in back of the 4 chairs. If there are a lot of people, the funeral director tells them to come in closer together (well, not now with Covid). It's almost like being inside one of those snow globes with a winter scene inside. You shake the globe and you see snow fall while a song plays that came from winding the key on the bottom of the globe.
No matter the temperature that day inside the tent is as quiet as falling snow. No one is smiling. All are either looking at the casket or have their heads down. But when they hear those 2 verses read from Psalm 121, most heads go down. It was a moment of something final. It was a moment that could not be reasoned away, argued away, or that someone could find money on this earth to stop. But with that came the understanding ALL TRUE help comes from the Lord. Family and loved ones desperately need that help after a death.
For me, as a former Hospice nurse, one of the hardest scenes to see on TV is a person dying alone in a hospital bed. It did give me hope to see a Pastor once in the ICU. I pictured him saying to the patient "God loves you", then asking "do you love Him?" Perhaps the sick one was unable to talk but responded with a sincere "yes nod" or a "no shake" of his or her head. If the person did love God, it would be a happy visit. If the patient did not, then they might listen to the good news of the gospel.
I believe death bed conversions are possible. Read Luke 23:39-43 - the thief on the cross. But also please listen to the following true story.
A man who rejected God told me years ago that he would have a 2nd chance . . meaning a death bed conversion before he died. Perhaps he did.
But 2 Timothy states "The Lord knows those who are his". What about those who die suddenly? What about those who die before they have a chance for a death bed conversion. 2 Corinthians 6:2b "I tell you, NOW is the time of God's favor, NOW is the day of salvation.
We nurses saw and heard about a NON-deathbed conversion. A man's family literally begged him to be born again (be saved, accept Jesus, however you want to phrase it). Toward the end the pressure was great but his heart had hardened (Hebrews 3:7-8a). It was too late for him. He told his family he had become a Christian when he talked with the Pastor. They were so excited . . they were so happy. They all went outside to celebrate and talk about it. He was left alone with his nurse. She asked him about becoming a Christian. He admitted to her that he lied by a negative shake of his head side to side accompanied by a sullen angry face. She then ask are you going to tell them? His face reddened into rage as he shook his head no. Within 3 days he had gone into eternity.
The nurse was so affected by this case that she changed nursing jobs. I am not trying to be scary. I am trying to paint a realistic picture of what were all will face one day . . going into eternity,
I would like to quote E. Stanley Jones: "Religions are man's search for God; the Gospel is God's search for man. There are many religions, but one Gospel."
Tell me . . where does your help come from? The answers are in God's Planner.