There is much talk today about unemployment. In my Bible study class, we often pray for people who need jobs, who are interviewing for jobs or who are changing jobs. My husband is about to retire from a position, essentially becoming unemployed or about to have no job. So it is probably not a surprise that I have been meditating on a recent devotional thought I received from author and pastor John Piper. He noted that God’s message to us, that is the gospel of Christ, is “not a ‘help-wanted’ sign but a ‘help available’ sign.”
When Paul was preaching to the Athenians in Acts 17, he told them, “God is not served by human hands as though he needed anything.” If God cannot be served, that is really bad news to anyone trying to “score points” with Him by religious ritual or evangelistic zeal or by observing His laws. The rest of verses 24-25 says, “He himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” Now this is really good news to anyone looking for the “help available” sign. Jesus pointed out that he did not come to serve but to “give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) That’s the help available for all who would come to Him for mercy and grace. His arms are open wide. His help is available.