How many times have your plans, strategies, and five-step keys failed to get you out of your state of drowning, be it drowning in stress, depression, sin, addiction, guilt, etc.?
Imagine a man found himself in the ocean in the middle of a storm. The waves are crashing all around and over him, he is exhausted, and can barely keep his head above the water. A rescue helicopter shows up. They throw down to him a waterproof container with instruction books in it, one telling the man how to swim more efficiently, another how to build a home-made boat, and another how to navigate around a storm when at sea.
Do you think this is ready what the man needs?
Then why is it that this is exactly what we so often give people, or what we expect will help us when we are in a deep mess busy drowning? “Please give me some tips, some advice, the keys, any wise words…” and yet in these situations none of these will be of any real help.
What this man clearly needs is someone to jump into the water and pull him out, because he can’t do it himself. He needs a savior!
What storm or deep ocean do you find your self in? Are you drowning in your sinful desires, or addictions? Are you stuck in a bad mental state and just can’t get out of it? Or maybe waves of guilt are constantly pummeling you under the water?
Do you need more how to’s, or do you need a person to jump into the water with you? I have good news though, there is someone in the water with you.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
This scripture says that Jesus empathizes with our weakness…in other words He feels our pain, He understands our struggles, and He knows our weaknesses – Jesus is in the water with us!
But that’s not all, it also says that in this weakness of ours is where His grace and power is made perfect. Friends, if we just humble ourselves by admitting that we so desperately need Him and can’t do life ourselves, then His grace is there to pulls us out of the freezing water.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
There have been two times (that I can think of now) in my life when I have reached such a point of desperation and powerlessness, that I just started screaming at the top of my lungs and wept uncontrollably. I was busy driving in both these cases, but had to pull over because I couldn’t even see where I was going anymore. I was trapped in a bad place where I felt like I was slowly killing myself. None of my wise sayings , tips, advice, or years of knowledge shined any light into my darkness at that moment, the only thing I could do was yell for a savior. “Jesus, I don’t want to die! I want life! Help me! AAAAAGH!! I can’t do this anymore, I am too weak! Jesus, save me…!”
Now do understand, I already knew Jesus and I loved Him, but sometimes we just need to get to the end of ourselves and give everything over to Him. Humble ourselves, admit Jesus is the only one who can get us out because we are too weak. He is the one who die on the cross and paid the price for our sin. He is the one who took all our pain, sickness, and struggles on Himself. He is the one who won the victory!!
My friend, maybe you are caught in the tight grasp of an addiction today, and you’ve been seeking freedom for many years but nothing you’ve tried worked. Know that there is a Savior who is eagerly waiting for you to call out to Him so He can save you.
Or maybe you are constantly plagued by guilt from the past. You don’t feel like you can carry that burden anymore and that you’ll be crushed at any moment, give those burdens to Jesus and trust Him.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
No matter in what place you find yourself, His arm is not too weak and His grace and love is not too little.
There are times when good advice, tips, steps, or keys can help us in our lives, but there are times when we just have to admit that we don’t really have control. All we can do then is to let it go into the hands that hold everything together.
The Savior’s hand is streched out towards you, reach out to Him…