Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope? Like you had no energy, patience or resources left?
Those are often the times that we call out to God the most. Because we have no energy, patience or resources left, the illusion of our own self-sufficiency is shattered. We realize we can’t do it on our own; that whatever we’re currently doing isn’t working; and that we need outside help.
In those times, God seems particularly fond of revealing himself as the rope at the end of your rope. He offers some help, direction or answered prayer, and things often start to get better.
If that’s been the case for you, here’s the key: When things improve, keep calling out to God with that same robust fervour that you had when the world seemed like it was coming to an end.
Just because everything is hunky-dory, it doesn’t mean you need God less.
So stay on your knees, push deeper into the Bible, and keep your eyes wide open to the ways God is directing you on an hourly basis.
And do you want to know what happens when you do that? You discover that God is powerfully present and directing your life—not only when you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death, but when you’re living in the lush pastures on the other side.
When Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding,” it doesn’t mean 25% of the time. It means 100% of the time.
God is the rope at the end of your rope. It’s human to trust him when you’re desperate. It’s discipleship to trust him when you’re not.
By Matthew Ruttan
- I’ve now wrapped up my 3-part series called “Does God Even Exist?” And now you can download the entire pdf manuscript (for free)! Click here to download. I hope we’re able to grow and learn together—about both faith and reason—in God’s wonderful world.