At the end of the rope

BethanySMC - Thursday, 28 June 2012 07:53

Our life and the situations we go through are not always mountain top experiences. Often times we find ourselves in the valley of sickness, conflict, need or despair. Overwhelmed with responsibilities, discouraged by another twist in life, haunted by memories and guilt of the past, seeing no light ahead – many can relate to and have experienced the “end of the rope” feeling. Such a feeling is not unique and it comes to virtually everyone, however, some people handle it better than others. For example, someone falls into depression, gets addicted to drugs, goes to a psychiatrist, spends a fortune on mind numbing drugs or commits suicide; whereas, others are able to climb back to the mountain, remain content and at rest even in the valley. What is their secret?

In the Bible we read of a man named David who was one of the greatest kings in Jewish history. In one particular case, tired and weary, David and his men were coming home from a military operation to find their city burned to the ground, houses destroyed, everything they accumulated taken away from them. Their relatives, wives and children taken away to be abused and enslaved and there was no hope to see them alive again. David’s army turned against him and wanted to stone him. Tell me of the end of the rope feeling they must have had.

Yes, David lost everything: job, home, family, friends – everything but faith. In this deep ditch and sideway of life, he went to the one who can really help and make a difference – God! We read in 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

Later, we read how the valley of distress became a mountain of joy when God turned the coin and everything was restored to David and his men. At the end of the rope, David grabbed the mighty hand of God. I believe this is the secret why some are able to go through the valleys of life safely. Jesus invites people: “Come unto me, all who are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Mt.11:28 “Look unto me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” Is. 45.22

Dear friend, when you feel like you are at the end of the rope in your particular situation, I encourage you to go the only one who is really able to help – Jesus! Look onto Him – He was tortured and crucified for you. God loved you so much that He became a man and died for you, to clear you from your guilt and condemnation. He rose from the dead and ascended back to heaven. Do you think He will ignore you if you cry out to Him today for help? He helped me hundreds of times and I can assure you that He will help you too!

If you are at the end of your rope but still skeptical about Jesus, ask Him to help you anyway. He doesn’t turn away those who come to Him for help. Many have asked Him and their lives have been changed forever. They found Jesus to be real and they never want to lose His hand that holds them now!

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