God Our Help(er)

There’s a word in Hebrew that means help, or helper.


The word is ezer (עֵ֫זֶר), and probably the most well-known time it’s used in the ancient Jewish scriptures is in reference to Eve, and the purpose of her creation (Gen. 2:18-25).

Out of the 21 times the term is found, however, 15 of them are actually referring to God Himself (Ex. 18:4; Deut. 33:7, 26, 29; Psalms 20:2; 33:20; 70:5; 89:19; 115:9-11; 121:2; 124:8; 146:5; Hos. 13:9) – that’s over two-thirds of all instances of it!

Out of all these instances, my favourite is Psalm 124:8 – “Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

God, who made the heavens and the earth, the almighty sovereign God, is also the one who helps us. And since He created the heavens and the earth, and more than that since He raised His Son Jesus Christ our Lord from the dead, is there any problem or issue that is too big for Him to help us with?

Today, whatever you’re going through or whatever challenges you’re facing, you are not alone. The same God who created all of space and everything it contains is the same God who desires to be your helper. Call on Him like the Psalmist “Come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay” (Ps. 70:5) – don’t try to solve or weather it yourself, whatever it is.

God will be faithful to answer when we call on Him, so with the author of Hebrews, we’ll be able to boldly proclaim “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Heb. 13:6).


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