The Scriptures tell us that without Jesus Christ we are all already dead (Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1). We’re breathing and walking around. We think we’re alive. We may even have bought into the lies all around us that tell us we’re more alive than ever because we’re young or rich or successful or any host of other things. But no matter what those “other things” are, we’re dead without Jesus.
It may be that we’re asking for God’s help but missing His response because it doesn’t conform to our desires or expectations. We might need help from a friend, but the truth is we’re not willing to submit to his or her counsel. These are just a couple possibilities.
But in the end, isn’t it just possible that in wanting help only on our terms we are really refusing help altogether? And if this is the case, who are we really hurting?