Helping Others While Needing Help Yourself

Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon (John 4:4-6)

The verses above tell us that Jesus was on a trip to Samaria. Tired from the journey, He stops by Jacob’s well. He stops at the well to have a drink of water to refresh Himself. Then comes along the Samaritan woman that we are all aware of. Jesus asks her for a drink hoping she would offer to give Him some. However, she begins to give excuses why He could not get a drink. Then Jesus does something strange; He shifts His focus from His need for a drink of water to helping her satisfy her own need for living water (John 4:14-24).

Choose to Help In spite Of…

How often do we get weighed down by our problems that we fail to see the needs around us? For many of us, helping someone else solve their problem while ours isn’t solved yet is never a thought. Why should we help someone wipe their tears when our eyes are still tearing?

Well, research has shown that helping others boasts our well-being, decreases symptoms of depression, increases happiness, and our overall emotional well-being.

The devil would like for us to become self-absorbed with our own troubles and if he can get us to do just that, he not only defeats us, but prevents help from reaching others who might benefit from us reaching out to them.

Helping Others Comes With Benefits

The Bible tells the story about Jesus when He heard the news of John the Baptist’s death. John the Baptist was Jesus cousin. As soon as He hears of John’s death, Jesus leaves for a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13). He wanted to mourn His loss, but the crowd soon get wave of His where about and follow Him. On seeing them, Jesus has compassion on them and ministers to them. It is at this gathering that the miracle of the feeding the multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish happens.

When we push pass our pain to lend a helping hand to someone else in pain, there is no telling what great things can happen. Ruth looked passed her loss of her husband and decided to help Naomi who had lost her own husband and two sons. Her reward was a new husband and the greatest privilege of becoming an ancestor of our Lord Jesus.

The Bible admonishes us to give and it will be given back to us. This principle does not apply only to money or material things. When we help someone, we will reap help in return. The widow shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah, and reaped enough food for her, Elijah, and her family for the entire drought season (1 Kings 17:7-16).

Are you sick, you can pray for those who are sick, send encouraging words to them even though you yourself are lying on a hospital bed. Don’t let the enemy tell you otherwise. God is in the business of doing great things when we step out to help others even when we need help ourselves. At just the right time, He will answer and send help our way also.