Help, what a great word. How many times each day do we face our need for some kind of help? So many times we are looking to people who we think, should’ve, could’ve and didn’t and miss how God has worked supernaturally on our behalf to keep us standing. Paul had a way of acknowledging natural help without laying the expectation upon individuals to be his help. He writes, I had the help that comes from God and so I stand......
No matter what form our help comes in naturally, we must always acknowledge God as the source of every good gift, every place of help and deliverance, every favour and earthly blessing only comes by the hand of God. Thus, we have had help that comes from God and so we stand.....
This word help in the Greek from this verse strictly denotes such aid as is rendered by an epikouros, “an ally, an auxiliary”; Paul uses it in his testimony to Agrippa, “having therefore obtained the help that is from God. From Hebrews 4:16 we find that the Lord is our helper or as the Greek says; boetheia (βοήθεια, 996), from boe, “a shout,” and theo, “to run,” denotes “help, succour,” Heb. 4:16, lit., “(grace) unto (timely) help”. There is also this word sunantizambano (συναντιλαμβάνομαι, 4878) which signifies “to lake hold with at the side for assistance” (sun, “with,” and No. 1); hence, “to take a share in, help in bearing, to help in general.” It is used, in the middle voice in Martha’s request to the Lord to bid her sister help her, Luke 10:40; and of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in helping our infirmities, Rom. 8:26. The help that comes to us from the Helper, who never leaves us because He dwells with us forever.
Hebrews 13: 5 reminds us, he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6. So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
The Amplified translation reads ~ for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
Our help always comes and it always comes first in the form of His grace. His enabling power to do what He has told us to do. The Holy Spirit comes alongside and gives us aid and assistance. He doesn’t do our part, but he will help us do what we put our hand to in obedience to the Lord and it’s all in a realm we don’t see at first but we must believe. By faith we access this grace wherein we stand, Romans 5:2. Therefore, we say:
To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying.