For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. – Romans 15:4 (NIV)
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” – Lam. 3:24 (NKJV)
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24 (NIV)
Are you at your wits end? Do you feel like your back is being pressed up against the wall? Perhaps the wall seems immobile no matter how hard you seem to press your back against it. What makes it worse is that the problem you are facing doesn’t seem to retreat in its pursuit of you.
Even though our problems don’t embody a physical being with hands and feet, at times it feels like someone is physically pressing against us. The pressure can get so intense that we feel like we literally can’t breathe. Perhaps you look around and it appears that no one else is struggling through hardship. Perhaps even in your own home everyone is doing life as usual but you are barely hanging on minute by minute.
Believe it or not, Jesus would like to lift that pressure off of you. When we are at our wits it is actually not as bad as it seems. It affords us the opportunity to look to the One who is never at His wits end. At that juncture, whereas what we have been doing is no longer working for us, He calls us to come up higher. It allows Him to show us a new aspect of His character. As things and people fail us, we learn that although He might use people or things to work on our behalf, He is essentially our source for everything.
Lord, I thank You that You use things and people to work on my behalf but You and You alone are my portion, hope and source for everything.