Reaching The End Of Your Rope (Part 1)

You may never know that Jesus is all you need, until Jesus is all you have~~Corrie ten Boom.

When you are going through great suffering, you get to know a different Jesus than you do when life is more pleasant. Suffering and pain have a way of bringing out all of the weaknesses in your spirituality. When you are strong and healthy, you can hide them. But when your defense is worn away, those weaknesses will be exposed. Sometimes major flaws you didn’t even know you have come through. It is during the time you reach the end of your rope when the real you will be exposed. Sometimes it is ugly. But you will also see the real Jesus. He will love you even at your worst, and He will continue to love you no matter what you do.

These are the times when we grow closer to the Lord, because everything we have been able to rely on in the past is gone. All the distractions and complacency caused by comfort are ripped away, and in desperation, we search for God and then cling to Him like never before. If we don’t cling to God at the end of our rope, we fall into the pit of despair. It is a choice made by each individual.

What choice will you make when your situation seems hopeless? Most people are familiar with the story of the feeding of the 5000. When we read in John chapter 6, verse 5, we see Jesus asking Philip a perplexing question. “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” Since Jesus is the Maker of the universe, this seems like a strange question for Him to be asking, especially to ask a mere man. But in the next verse we see Jesus’ motive for asking Philip the question. “And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do.” Jesus tested people when He was on the earth, and He still tests people today. Philip had seen the large crowd, so he estimated about how much money it would take to buy food for all of them. We see him answering Jesus in the next verse which says, “Philip answered Him, ‘Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.'”   Philip is like a lot of us. He saw the problem and began to try to figure out how it could logically be solved. But the problem was overwhelming to him.

How about the problem you are facing right now? Is it overwhelming? Philip’s answer should really have been, “Jesus, nothing is impossible for You. We cannot feed all these people, but You can.” Shouldn’t our response to overwhelming circumstances be the same? God sometimes gives us that same test. He knows what He is going to do, but He wants to see how we will manage it. When we face difficulties that we cannot handle, shouldn’t we just tell God, “Nothing is impossible for You. I cannot handle this situation, but You can!”


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