When God shows up at the end of your rope

When someone says they are at the “end of their rope,” they usually mean that they’ve come to the end of themselves—that they are out of strength, out of options, and maybe even hope.

However you define it, it’s clearly not a good place to be. And you don’t know where the end of your rope is until you get there.

I get the sense that this is exactly what is happening in Psalm 109:22 when David says, “I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.”

David wasn’t literally poor. But the second word captures his meaning. He is “needy.” He needs God. When he says his heart is wounded he is saying that his soul is bruised and probably deflated. As a result, he needs new life from an outside source—from God.

Can you relate?

Here’s the thing. When you get to the end of your rope, God gives you some of his—and can lead you to a new place.

He is not limited in the ways you and I are limited. He is bigger, stronger, wiser, more loving, and almighty. Since there isn’t an end to God’s rope, he’s the perfect one to rescue and redirect you to a better place.

In Christ, wounded hearts don’t stay that way forever. Entrust your day, decisions, and disappointments to God.

When you get to the end of your rope, God gives you some of his—and can lead you to a new place.


–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon which is based on Luke 18:35-43 and is called “The rope at the end of your rope.” Click here to watch or listen.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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