This past Friday, June 8, a helicopter rescue team in northern New Zealand was sent out after they received a distress signal from a beacon in the hilly forests of the Urewera Ranges. They ended up rescuing a man who was an experienced outdoorsman. He had been hiking and camping for several weeks on his own without a care in the world.
Then a monkey wrench was thrown into his plans. Heavy rains hit the area where he was and the nearby river swelled way beyond its banks. While attempting to head to safety, the experienced hiker was swept away several times by the river over a four-day period. He eventually was able to swim to shore but in the midst of the ordeal injured his ankle. Spotting a hut a few feet in the distance, he tried to make his way there, but was sapped of all his strength by that point and couldn’t go any further.
Being the experienced camper he was, he had prepared for an emergency by carrying a personal locator beacon with him, so he engaged it. The rescue helicopter arrived soon after, treated him for hypothermia, supplied him with dry clothes, and airlifted him to a hospital.
Jehoshaphat was a king who, along with his army, was experienced and successful in battle. He was enjoying a time of peace when without warning in 2 Chronicles 20, the armies of several nations decided to throw a monkey wrench in his plans with an invasion. Outnumbered and in dire straits, the experienced warrior king Jehoshaphat knew enough to know Judah couldn’t win by their own strength. He was experienced enough to call on the Lord for help. When the whole nation joined him to cry out to Jehovah, Jehovah answered them by giving them the procedures to follow in order to gain the victory over the invaders. It was a victory God supplied without them having to fight. All they had to do was stand still to see the salvation of the Lord.
The same can apply to us as believers in some cases. We all have our areas of expertise on certain subjects where we can contribute our knowledge taking into account almost every eventuality on the topic. However, sometimes the enemy or a situation can arise that challenges our expertise. It’s in times like these where it’s best to recognize our limitations and have enough experience to realize a cry for help is in order, trusting that God loves us enough to send us the help we need.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Psalm 18:6
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4