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BEGINNING AT THE END

One day a grief-stricken man prayed, “Dear Lord, I’m at the end of all my resources. I have nothing left.”

“My child,” answered the Lord, “when you come to the end of your resources, you are just at the beginning of mine.”

One of God’s great gifts is allowing us to come to the place of hopelessness and helplessness. When we realize that we have nothing left to cling to, and no one else to depend on, we will realize how much we need the Lord. There are many times in our lives when we are convinced that we are brave or strong, energetic or invincible, only to have the “rug pulled out from under us.” We are left feeling alone or abandoned, deserted or defeated.

It has been said that it is easier for someone to stand adversity with God than prosperity without Him. We learn in times of trouble and trials that “my grace is sufficient” or “Lo, I am with you always.” In times of plenty, we may be forced to realize that “life does not consist in the abundance of things.” And, actually, that may be what is best for us at that time.

Eventually, we as Christians may come to the place where we realize that “all things” are possible with and through Christ. But rarely do we realize this until we get to the other side of “whatever” may have brought us to the “end of our resources.” Thank God for our “ends.”

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for those times in life when we exhaust our resources and know that we need Yours to grow in Your grace and stand in Your strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” 

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