This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary …
Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
Wits’ end is a place that shakes us to the core of our being. It swallows up all our wisdom and plans. At such a time, only life’s essentials remain: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures . . . (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Is there any other fitting hope?
During a hurricane, whatever isn’t solidly attached to a tree falls to the ground. The same is true with life’s storms. That’s one of the reasons God allows and ordains them. Only that which is in Christ is to remain and last. It’s God’s way to deliver us from many non-essentials we hold dear.
Any supposed progress in holiness is severely tested. It’s one thing to live and act as a Christian when things go well; it’s quite another when the bottom falls out. As mentioned before, at wits’ end we discover our truest self, not always the one we thought we were. Then, only one thing remains—the essentials of the gospel.
Jesus said: “Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” Isn’t that what we need? We need to abide in Him and we need His life in and through us. Notice how He said feeds and drinks. They’re in the present tense! It’s a continual feeding and drinking of who He is and what He has accomplished and obtained.
When we’ve come to the end of ourselves, not knowing what to do, the simple, yet so profound truths of the gospel are vital. Anything else is secondary. We then need to simply feed on His body and drink His blood. What does that mean?
It means that we live entirely on His righteous life and sacrificial death, no matter what. We take it as our own and hold on to it as our very life. Christ is all becomes our only motto. Boasting in ourselves is eliminated, including how much we’ve done for God.
Like never before, we realize that our only need is His life in and through us. There’s nothing we can do, except be a branch in Him: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). At wits’ end, He’s either all-sufficient for us or He’s not. It draws a line in the sand of what we truly believe.
Jesus, help me to be a dependent branch, discovering Your all-sufficiency.
The Devotional Writer
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