What is “help’? Well one definition is to “aid” or to “assist” someone, or one who “assists” another. We need to “help” or “aid” and “assist” the homeless “men” and “women” regardless of their conditions. This includes if they are mentally ill or physically handicapped or awaiting benefits from the local government. These individuals may be “clothed” or “unclothed” or they may be “black” or “white.” They may be “fed” or “unfed.” They may be living on the “street” or in “shelters.” They may be “educated” or “uneducated.” They may be “short” or “tall” or “employed” or “unemployed.” The list goes on and on.

What is “Heaven?” Heaven is love, peace kindness and happiness. It rules and it regulates. It’s a paradise of your wildest dreams where “Jesus” is on the right-hand side of “God”, the “Father” in “Heaven.” He is right here, right now, “descending” and “ascending” from “Heaven” to “Earth”, freeing those in “captivity” or “captured” in homeless “sin.” Amen.

“SOS”, a Morse code signal, was created in “1905” because “sailors” needed a way to indicate distress and danger. The signal gained notoriety in “1910” when used by the sinking steamship Kentucky, which saved all 46 people aboard. While “SOS” may be a more recent invention, the urgency for “help”, “aid” and “assistance is as old as “humanity.”

We hear it often in the Book of Joshua, who faced opposition from fellow Israelites and challenging terrain for more than 14 years. As the Israelites slowly conquered and settled in the land, “the Lord was with Joshua.” In Joshua 10, the Israelites went to the “aid” of the Gibeonites who were allies of Israel and were being attacked by five Canaanite kings. Joshua knew that he needed the Lord’s help to defeat so many powerful enemies. The Bible says in Joshua 10 :14 “Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!”

We are up against so many powerful enemies currently and will face even more in the future. However, it is truly a blessing when we give cheerfully to those in need and receive cheerfully from those who may have more than they need. Corinthians 9:7 says that God loveth a cheerful giver. So, when we give, we must give with joy, meekness and longsuffering. Not hastily with hatred.

If you are amid a challenging situation, you can send out an “SOS” to God. Although the help, aid, or assistance will look different than the assistance that Joshua received, perhaps it may be in the form of a new job. It could also be from the work of an outstanding doctor or peace during grief. Be encouraged that these are ways He is responding to your call for “help” or “aid” and is willing to fight for you.

Did you know in the New Testament and in so many Bible stories, God sent “John” and Jesus from “Heaven” to help, aid, and assist His people? Those two prayed, protected, provided and sheltered God’s people. Even in the Old Testament, there are so many stories about how God sent Aaron and Moses to help, aid, assist God’s people in times of trouble.

“If God be with us, who can be against us?” “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor, height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Amen!