2154) Help Wanted

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“We All Need Help” by John Piper

Hebrews 4:16  —  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

     Every one of us needs help.  We are not God.  We have needs.  We have weaknesses.  We have confusion.  We have limitations of all kinds.  We need help.

     But every one of us has something else: we have sins.  And therefore at the bottom of our hearts we know that we do not deserve the help we need.  And so we feel trapped.

     I need help to live my life and to handle death and to cope with eternity — help with my family, my spouse, my children, my loneliness, my job, my health, my finances.  I need help.  But I don’t deserve the help I need.

     So what can I do?  I can try to deny it all and be a superman who doesn’t need any help . Or I can try to drown it all and throw my life into a pool of sensual pleasures.  Or I can simply give way to the paralysis of despair.

     But God declares over this hopeless conclusion: Jesus Christ became a High Priest to shatter that despair with hope and to humble that superman or superwoman and to rescue that drowning wretch.

     Yes, we all need help.  Yes, none of us deserves the help we need.  But no to despair and pride and lechery.  Look at what God says.  Because we have a great High Priest, the throne of God is a throne of grace.  And the help we get at that throne is mercy and grace to help in time of need. Grace to help! Not deserved help, gracious help.

     You are not trapped.  Say no to that lie.  We need help.  We don’t deserve it.  But we can have it.  You can have it right now and forever.  If you will receive and trust in your High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, and draw near to God through him.


Psalm 5:1-2  —  Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.  Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

Psalm 40:12-13  —  For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.  They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.  Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me.

Psalm 124 :8  —  Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Isaiah 41:10  —  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Matthew 9:35-36  —  Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.


Lord, be Thou within me, to strengthen me; without me, to keep me; above me, to protect me; beneath me, to uphold me; before me, to direct me; behind me, to keep me from straying; round about me, to defend me.  Blessed be Thou, our Father, for ever and ever.  Amen.

–Lancelot Andrewes  (1555-1626)