Despite how we might view ourselves, strong and self-sufficient or weak and dependent, we are finite sinners with all kinds of limitations. If we like to help others, our help is never comprehensive. If we need help our situation is often so overwhelming. Along comes Lance Armstrong with help for those struggling with cancer. He himself is a cancer survivor, an athlete, and a person of resource with treasure to invest in helping people cope for their cancer experience. The only problem with Lance Armstrong’s help is that it is tainted with the darkness of lies and all shades of unrighteousness.
How do we judge the help an investment of a well known athlete who acted unlawfully in his sport? So, what is God’s true view of these things? What does he think about Lance Armstrong? As with all sinners, the Lord stands ready to forgive those who come to Him in repentance and faith. I truly hope that the gospel will win in Lance Armstrong’s life. As with all other objects of trust, people of means, the Lord God desires that we place our ultimate confidence and hope in Him alone. In Psalm 60:11 the psalmist cried out, give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. The prophet Isaiah teaches us that the Lord who is with us will strengthen us, help us, and uphold us with His righteousness right hand. Psalm 98:1 affirms the same truth with the declaration, His right hand and holy arm have worked salvation for him. When the Lord inserts His righteous and holy right hand into the situation and the season of our trouble we can be sure that the help He gives will never be stained with sin or sullied with unrighteousness.
God’s true view of things is that there is no antici-pointment, no regrets when we place our confidence in Him. So, it is no surprise that sinful men and women will act in sinful ways to do good things. Our hearts desire the powerful victory of the gospel in Lance Armstrong’s life. Our hearts should also desire to model the righteous and holy help of God in the many opportunities that we have to graciously serve one another.