October 10, 2009
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12: 9a
There are times when a person just doesn't want help.
That's the way it was for Signor Dorando, the champion Italian long distance runner who participated in the 1908 Olympics.
With 30 yards to go, Dorando was two laps ahead of everyone else.
That's when Dorando collapsed.
If he had crawled, Dorando might have won the race; but Dorando didn't crawl.
The friendly crowd urged him on after the champion had staggered back to his feet.
A well-wishing supporter put his hand on Dorando's back to steady him. The fan didn't shove or push, he just steadied. The action was enough.
The judges disqualified Dorando because he had been helped.
Dorando can tell you: there are times when we don't want help. But there are more times when we need the help of an expert.
When a student is stumped on a problem; he needs help. When we have a flat tire in a rainstorm, we welcome assistance. At such times it's good to have someone stop and say, "Can I be of service?"
That is exactly what God has done for us. Seeing our helpless condition, the Lord sent His Son to "be of service'. It was a gracious, Godly act which cost the Savior His life. Still, because of what Jesus has done, all who believe on Him are forgiven and blessed with the gift of eternal life.
Which makes this devotion a reminder: there are times when we don't want to be helped, but sometimes, like when it comes to being saved, we need all the help we can get.
THE PRAYER: Dear Savior, when it came to saving myself, I was weak and helpless. That I have been rescued from sin, death, and devil is due to Your great sacrifice. Now, may I, with a thankful spirit, give You honor and glory. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries