When All Else Fails

Have you ever been in a position where you feel like you have exhausted all the resources available to you and nothing seems to be working; where can you turn, who can possibly help at this point?  I think if you took a poll you would find that almost every one of us has at one time or another felt the need for an answer, a helping hand.  You can make a list of solutions and do your best to discern which one is the one you should choose; after all you can’t afford to make another mistake, but how can you decide which road to take without worrying about making another wrong turn?

Isn’t this the very reason that our all-knowing Father gave us His Word, written down so it would never become lost; a solid, loving, discerning answer to every problem that could ever face the children that He loves.  The Psalmist didn’t have any trouble understanding this as he records – Yourword I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11) and –Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).  Wouldn’t it be nice for all of us to have a lamp handy when we are in need of help?

In today’s world there is no difficulty in finding a good “help” book.  There are many authors with many different suggestions and interestingly enough the sales on these books fill the author’s coffers right well.  However, when you have gone through as many as you can stomach and still feel an emptiness in your spirit there is one source that could have saved you a lot of effort.  Yes, I am sure you know already what I am talking about, but then why did you not go there in the first place?  Why is it that we still place our faith in mankind’s solutions when they only occasionally work and we have the choice of something that always works?

Most of us are aware of the wisdom of Solomon and while we can’t know exactly which wise man wrote the words of the book of Proverbs we cannot deny its wisdom: Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him (30:5).  The same is true of the book of Hebrews; we cannot know exactly who penned its words, but its wisdom remains – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (4:12).   If we were to go to the library hoping to find our answer we would find no better answers than are found in the Bible that many of us let lie on the shelf somewhere in our home.  Is it really so hard to accept the fact that our Creator foreknew all of the things that we struggle over before they ever happened?  That is why He bothered to give us the answers, hoping that we would have sense enough to turn to Him in our hour of need.

This world is not an entity that was created and then given to Satan who would allow us to flounder in the midst of evil.  Its Creator loved His creation enough to come down in the midst of its evil and give His very life hoping that we could and would understand once and for all that He loved us more than we would ever be able to comprehend.  Knowing that, cannot we take to heart His words when He tells us that Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death (John 8:51).

The glorious nature of Heaven can never truly be understood until we actually taste of its glory, but we can put our trust in the words of John, often referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” – Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth (John 17:17).

Thy truth unchanged hath ever stood; Thou savest those that on Thee call;
To them that seek Thee Thou art good, To them that find Thee All in all.

 

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA