(Exo 4:6) Furthermore the LORD said to him, "Now put your hand in your bosom." And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow.
I was in a bookstore recently and was amazed at how many books there are in the self-help section. It emphasized to me how many are looking for help for their lives. People are hurting. People are needy. People want answers. But is the answer for your self found in the self-help section?
Moses was to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. One of the signs that he had been called was to put his hand in his bosom and then pull it out as leprous. What a picture of what happens when you reach into yourself for help. When we reach into ourselves we will come out with undesirable results.
Jeremiah said this about our hearts: "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? We also see from Scripture that leprosy is a picture of the depravity of sin (Lev 13-14; Mat 8:2-3). Here also is a “scary” scripture: (Mat 15:19-20) "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 "These are the things which defile a man . . .
How much better to reach for God’s help! (Psa 46:1) God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. He can help us when we can’t help ourselves. (Psa 108:12) Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless. All we have to do is cry out for help and the Lord is going go be there. (Mat 15:25, 28) Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" . . . Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." . . .
When the outlook is bleak . . . try the uplook!