This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary …
Who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Our greatest need at wits’ end is a clear view of a great God—One who’s immeasurably great. Why? Because only God will do when we’ve come to the end of ourselves. The more we see His greatness, the more comfort, hope, and encouragement we’ll experience.
At wits’ end, we know and feel that things are beyond our control and ability. However, when we see God’s greatness, we know (and feel!) that nothing is beyond His control and ability. Could it be that our wits’ end is meant to drive us to Him, seeking His face like never before?
As mentioned previously, the prodigal son didn’t consider returning to his father until he had lost everything. Many times, we’re still so full of ourselves and the things of this world that only severe affliction will wholeheartedly drive us to the One who loves us infinitely.
Paul wrote: “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). God’s word is our comfort and strength, especially in times of affliction.
Paul used Abraham and Sarah’s story to highlight God’s ability to do the impossible. He had promised them a son, through whom He would fulfill His promise of a victorious Redeemer. Yet, Sarah wasn’t able to have children and had also passed the age of child bearing.
God’s modus operandi is to use people who have no ability within themselves, so that He will receive all the glory for what He does with and through them. Life isn’t about us and our ability, but about the revelation of the One “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” That’s why Paul also wrote: “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5).
Wits’ end is the hard lesson that we don’t have the sufficiency to accomplish any spiritual good; we’re utterly dependent on Him. Unless He gives us life in our deadness and works in us “both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13), nothing good will happen.
Thank God! He’s able to bring about His will and promise for His Son’s sake, including when we aren’t able to contribute anything: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Eph. 3:20-21).
Holy Spirit, please reveal Jesus’ immeasurable greatness to me.
The Devotional Writer
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