Help of the helpless is assured at both spiritual and mundane levels but it is predicated on obedience, trust and timeliness in regard to man and God as well as relationship between a person or persons and others. Here is a moral lesson to be learnt from this old school exhortation about a boy whose life was saved as a result of his absolute obedience. The kid found himself on a rail track and was frozen with fear before an on-coming train. No one dared to run to pull him out of danger. the only help that came was a shout of “Lie down”. The kid obeyed instantly without questioning. He laid there motionless because he was too afraid to move. In no time , the train rolled by and people ran to fetch him with unqualified joy. The instruction that asked him to lie down and his attendant obedience saved his life. in other words, it is help of the helpless.
In ll King 13: 1-6, (NKJV) there was another scenario of helplessness and appeal to God brought deliverance. Put in perspective, “In the twenty-third year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu became king over Israel in Samaria and reigned seventeen years”. He followed the evil ways of his predecessors. The acts of Jehoahaz angered God and delivered his kingdom into the hand of Hazel king of Syria. Jehoahaz’s army was reduced to rubbles and became absolutely helpless. He had to appeal to the God of Israel who was yesterday, today and will forever be. throughout the history of mankind, it has always been difficult for man to learn from the mistakes of their ancestors. One would surmise that God’s covenant with the patriarchs would have given the Israelites assurance and cogent reason never to serve any other God but Yahweh. It is believed that it was the covenant that made God to agree to save Israel according to ll King 13: 4-5. However, Jehoahaz had to appeal in obedience to God. “So Jehoahaz pleaded with the Lord, and the Lord listened to him; for HE saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them. Then the Lord gave Israel a deliverer, so that they escaped under the hand of the Syrians; and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents as before”. Help will always be made available to those who ardently seek God’s help. Mankind needs to trust and obey.