End of Our Ropes


When the things we hold dear crumble or when our hopes are dashed, God is there. When we are hopeless, we need God more than ever. And when we turn to God in those times, we actually realize that the world doesn’t revolve around us and that He is reigning…

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (MSG)
Matthew 5:3

At the end of your rope. That’s how the Message translation interprets Jesus’ first beatitude. Yup. Been there. And it is then and there in which there is more of God.

The kingdom of heaven becomes more real and imminent and present when we have nothing to hold onto in life. When the things we hold dear crumble or when our hopes are dashed, God is there.

Some people turn to him. When they do, all of God is there. Others turn against him. How could you let this happen to me? What do you do?

In the times when we are at the ends of our ropes, we need more of God and his rule in our lives. God brings the stability and foundation of truth and love and future hope we need.

And when we are hopeless, we need God more than ever.

Even our perspective of God and his relationship to our predicaments is key. When we turn to God in those times, we actually realize that the world doesn’t revolve around us. We realize that God is teaching us something and that there are others who are affected. God is active in their lives also.

We move from wanting only one thing (our desire) to wanting God’s rule over everything. And that’s exactly where he wants us. Bring your kingdom near in our circumstances, God.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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