I have always looked at the phrase ‘so help me God’ as something to be used to make a point, more of a threat. But is it? We say it after sweating to tell the truth or make an oath. I considered it to mean that if I was lying, I would be struck down by the person I was lying to and would need God’s mercy to save me. Or that God would be the one who would strike me down for lying and again I would have to beg for His help to avoid the punishment that would come upon me from lying.
Let’s take a moment to look at this from a different tone of voice, from the voice of a humble and just person. ‘So help me God.’ No longer is this a phrase taken in defense of your honor, but it is admittance of the truth. If I am taking an oath to ‘tell the truth and nothing but the truth’ I truly do need help from God. Because if we are honest, we never fully know the truth of any situation. We know the truth from our own experiences, but psychologists have proven over and over that the human brain has flaws and often misses many of the things that go on in any situation.
This becomes a humbling moment to us as we let down the facade of thinking we know everything and admit that we need God’s help in discovering the truth.
‘So help me God’
What about those moments when you know the truth, but are too afraid to say it in fear of hurting someone or fearful of what people may think of you? ‘So help me God’ is also calling up to God asking Him to send down His grace so that we may not be scared of the response that may come from speaking the truth. If we don’t have God reminding us that speaking the truth is the correct decision to make and that with it comes joining Him in His everlasting kingdom, we would never be able to face the harsh judgments of this world.
“So help me God though out my day. Help me to recognize and speak the truth. Help me to live out truth in my life and to not be afraid of the earthly responses I may receive because I know of the joys in Heaven that await me. Amen”