PASTOR'S PEN: Lean on me
I know a thing or two about using crutches. Twice in high school, at least once in college and again after college, I’ve been on crutches. Though I’ve never broken a bone, I have dislocated my knee on numerous occasions and crutches have been a great asset during those times. Crutches help a person to be more mobile when they are injured while also providing something to rest on when standing for a longer period of time. They give you that extra strength you need to stand and go forward when you would have a very difficult time otherwise (plus in high school and college they also give you more time with girls that willingly help carry your books).
I’ve heard it said over and over again, “You are using God as a crutch.” It’s meant as an insult. You aren’t standing on your own two feet or believing for yourself, but, instead, leaning on God as the answer and strength you desire. I’m sure there are times someone may do nothing and make God their excuse, but most of the time we don’t lean on God enough. We attempt to go hobble or hop forward on our until we’re too weak to stand. Then we drag ourselves along the ground to prideful to admit we can’t do make it on our own.
The Psalmists knew God was there for them and that they needed Him. They seemed to lean on God quite a bit:
Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Crutches are a great resource. They still require me to do something, but are a great help when I am in trouble. God is also is a great help — when I’m afraid, weak, depressed, sad, hurt or angry — God is there to lift me up.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31-32a)