This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I . . .
Jesus said: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” He then said: “It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me” (John 6:44-45). The Father’s teaching is centered on one comprehensive subject, taught throughout infinite grades—“Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11).
After Peter expressed his faith in Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus said to him: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 16:16-17). Only the Father can reveal Jesus. While He uses various means to do so—preaching, teaching, witnessing, books, etc.—we must never forget that it’s His personal revelation.
For whatever reason, David felt far from God. Whether it was sin, inward corruptions, or a lack of quality time with Him, he felt at “the end of the earth.” He even wondered if God heard him at all. He had lost his spiritual strength, ready to give up. Can you relate at times?
When we’re at such a place, we need the Father to lead us “to the rock that is higher than I.” That’s synonymous with a fresh revelation of Jesus. He alone is the rock that can withstand any storm or circumstance. Since only the Father can give us that revelation, we need to cry out to him.
At wits’ end, we need Jesus. Plain and simple! When we’re strong and prosperous, we’re many times deceived into thinking that we can somehow do without Him. David could attest to that: “As for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I shall never be moved.’ By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed” (Ps. 30:6-7). That’s why difficulties and struggles are many times needed to deliver us from such delusions.
While we may not currently feel at “the end of the earth,” we do always need a fresh and greater revelation of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Let’s ask the Father to do so. When the storms come, we know to whom we can flee, hiding in the Rock that never moves.
Heavenly Father, reveal Your Son’s all-sufficiency in my present circumstances.
The Devotional Writer