This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
Christ Is All
Christ is all, and in all.
While it’s almost a trite expression in this book, wits’ end does have a divine purpose, even though we may not understand that until we reach heaven’s shores. God doesn’t act willy-nilly and, even more so, He works all things “together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
The term wits’ end is only used in the hundred and seventh psalm. It talks about those who were “doing business on the great waters” (v. 23). As they went about their business, God “commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.” As a result, “They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end” (v. 25-27). They didn’t know what to do: “And all their wisdom was swallowed up” (ESV footnote).
What was their response? “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress” (v. 28). Was it not for “the stormy wind,” they would’ve continued with their everyday business, void of God.
God’s goal in our wits’ end is to swallow up everything that doesn’t state: “Christ is all, and in all.” Even as Christians, we can be so preoccupied with ourselves and the things of this world, going about our daily business and neglect God.
Since He doesn’t want us to settle for anything less than the greatest possible treasure—His Son—He will command circumstances that greatly shake us up, swallowing up all our wisdom and plans. He does so in order to turn us to His Son, stating: “Christ is all, and in all.” What does that mean, though?
The Christian life is a supernatural life, completely beyond our ability: “For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our nothingness is wits’ end’s great lesson. Many times we’re still so full of ourselves. It’s not about us or even our work for God, since that can also become an idol. It’s about Jesus manifesting Himself through His body. He is to be all! If He works, we will work. If He doesn’t work, all our own works will be in vain. He is to be our sole focus and dependence: “Christ is all, and in all.”
Jesus, help me deeply learn this lesson at my wits’ end.
The Devotional Writer