In this world a helper is lower than who they help. The helper has a boss. I am not God’s boss! Ever.
The cool thing is that God is my boss AND my helper.
If my worldly boss told me to do something and then helped me do it---I would be confident that my actions were right, good and what he wanted.
So it is with God—when He tells me something in His Word, His Holy Spirit helps me obey how God intended.
God has even a stronger relationship with us than as a boss. He is our Father. He genuinely cares for us, not just for our service to benefit His business. He desires to benefit us by pushing us toward being who He created us to be. He created us to know Him and out of a heart to know Him everything else comes into place.
Although we are not perfect parents, this is played out in our relationship with our children too. We cannot just play the role of boss, we must be their helper too. But a helper does NOT do things for a child, but rather guides him so he can do what is asked of him.
Sometimes guidance can look very hands on, perhaps even with our arms wrapped around them helping them to do a new or difficult task.
Often times guidance will be verbally walking through a process step by step.
At times guidance will be after a failure reviewing what needs changing.
Other times guidance will be hard, perhaps including discipline.
More times guidance will be encouragement to keep going and not quit.
As children mature, guidance will be discussion, asking of questions to help them think through what is best, without any specific action steps given—decisions are left to the child.
I don’t know about you, but this helps me grasp my relationship with God more too. When I first trusted the Lord He was so near, everything spoke to me; He wrapped His arms around me. Now days, I ask and wait and often hear silence. But, as I read the Word I begin to hear Him pointing out different ways of looking at a situation and leaving it to me to act based on that. Perhaps I am maturing.
We have the best Boss ever! And “The Lord is with me; He is my helper.”