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“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

 How can I help? I wondered while scrolling through pages of prayer requests for health, conversions, Bibles, spiritual growth, as well as praises for healing and bravery during persecution. The quantity of needs is overwhelming.

Countries desperate for encouragement and assistance are often too dangerous for someone like me to enter. I am powerless against governments and militant opposition. I am not a doctor, lawyer, or representative who can help. I am not rich. I have no experience or wisdom to share. All I have is compassion and love to give out of gratitude for what my Savior has given for me. What can I do for suffering followers of Jesus?

As overwhelming as the amount of needs seems, God is never overcome. Because my perspective is worldly, I feel trapped by inability. But providing for God’s people is a responsibility He Himself has promised to fulfill. Replacing “I” in the above sentences with “God” shifts perspective to the correct, eternal one: God is powerful against governments and militant opposition. God is our Healer, Judge, and Mediator. He owns the universe. He has experience and wisdom to share and has shown us what compassion and love are. What can He not do for His precious children?

If I lean on my limited understanding and knowledge, I’ll be overwhelmed, fearful, and disappointed because I cannot make a difference. If I trust His infinite wisdom, I can do all things through Christ, for He gives strength and perspective. With His perspective, no longer does a simple prayer seem like a weak effort to combat a great need, for the Lord uses the simple in mighty ways.

 J G Spires