15 jul. 2019


The story is told of a Christian being asked how a person could keep "straight" in a perverse world.
The Christian asked: "Can a pencil stand upright?"
The questioner replied: "No.”

The Christian then grasped a pencil in his hand and held it in an upright position.
"Ah!" said the questioner, "but you are holding it now." 
"Yes," replied the Christian, "and your life is like this pencil - helpless - but Christ is that hand that can hold you."

We must have God's help for survival. As the Psalmist said, we would soon be "swallowed ...up" by our enemy if we had to rely on our own strength.

  • God is everywhere present. Sometimes those who would help us are afar off. Not so God; He is "a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
  • He is a very willing Helper. He invites us to call upon Him in the day of trouble (Psalm 50:15).
  • He is a loving and tender Helper. His kindness is often called "lovingkindness" (Deuteronomy 33:27).
  • He never fails to help his people.
  • He is an everlasting Helper (Psalm 90:12).

Had not the Lord, my soul may cry,
Had not the Lord been on my bide;
Had he not brought deliverance nigh,
Then must my helpless soul have died. 

Had not the Lord been on my side,
My soul had been by Satan slain;
And Tophet, opening large and wide,
Would not have gaped for me in vain. 

Lo, floods of wrath, and floods of hell,
In fierce impetuous torrents roll;
Had not the Lord defended well,
The waters had o'erwhelm'd my soul. 

As when the fowler's snare is broke,
The bird escapes on cheerful wings;
My soul, set free from Satan's yoke,
With joy bursts forth, and mounts, and sings. 

She sings the Lord her Saviour's praise;
Sings forth his praise with joy and mirth;
To him her song in heaven she'll raise,
To him that made both heaven and earth.

Linked to: Silvia (A Gathering of Friends)

8 opmerkingen:

  1. I love this, Aritha! Yes, He is the best Helper! I don't know what I'd do without Him!

  2. I've just been reading about the Good Samaritan,which fits well with the thought of God as Helper:

    Good Samaritan
    Prepared to walk to allow
    Another to ride.

  3. Mooie vergelijking, die ga ik onthouden.
    Dank je wel.

  4. Aritha: Without God we are nothing. I love the story about the Christian and the example of the pencil. Peace and blessings.

  5. Hi Aritha, great post as always. I love the demonstration of the pencil being helpless outside of the hand. Great to be visiting over here again.
    God bless
    (was mydailywalkinhisgrace - now www.intentional247.blogspot.com) :)

  6. What a beautiful and encouraging post! I love the analogy of the pencil. I really needed this today. May He write amazing stories through us!
    God bless,

  7. Wat een mooie vergelijking, we kunnen niets uit onszelf, maar hebben hulp van Hem nodig.

  8. I really enjoyed the analogy between God and the pencil. Thanks for linking up with us at the #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 3