It has been almost five months since my last post. Life has been challenging, to say the least. A feeling of burnt-out has been part of it. Actually, I still struggle with that. About two months ago, I felt that the Lord put a book on my heart. Since writing helps me to dive into God’s word, this book has been a comfort and encouragement to me. I believe it will also be for anyone who’s overwhelmed with the struggles of life. I entitled it: Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary.
There are 31 devotionals. Starting today, I want to send them out as blog posts, giving me some time to edit them before publication. If you’re blessed by the posts, please let me know. That will be a great encouragement to me.
Before I’ll give you the introduction, there’s one other thing. As of March 17th, I’ve designated all my books for fundraising. When you buy one of my books, whether E-book or softcover, at least 60% (up to 75%) will go to the featured church, ministry, Christian school, college, university, or non-profit, as they seek to further the cause of Christ in their unique way. For more info, please visit www.thecauseofchrist.com
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Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
“Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). Job encountered more affliction—devastation, death, and disease—than any of us will ever encounter. Millions and millions of Christians have lived through greater hardships, especially those who have faced persecution, than you or I will ever face. That doesn’t mean our struggles are less real or less significant.
Whether or not I can currently qualify my mental state as a mental breakdown or a never-ending reality of struggles and exhaustion, I feel I’ve come to the end of myself. Not that I haven’t been at wits’ end before. This time, though, it seems longer and more severe. While from the outside you may not see my inward struggles, they are my continually with me.
When I put things in perspective, though, they seem far less significant than they appear to be. However, as we cannot judge the quality of a book by its cover, even so we cannot determine the reality of someone’s struggles by our own understanding.
Our past, circumstances, and personality play a major part in how we face life and its challenges. Instead of quickly judging others to “man-up,” we should show more compassion to those who struggle. The Good Samaritan didn’t question whether or not it was the man’s own fault, but had compassion, “bound up his wounds,” and “took care of him” (Luke 10:34).
Obviously, our trouble can be self-inflicted—choices we’ve made. This book isn’t about addressing blame. It’s simply for those who are at wits’ end, whatever the reason, and need Jesus. Ultimately, at wits’ end we have to face the question whether or not we believe Jesus is all-sufficient.
To me, the real value of a Christian book is based on its relevance to those who are imprisoned for their faith or live in dire circumstances. Will they be able to gain some comfort, hope, and strength from it?
Paul wrote: “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. . . . But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me” (2 Tim. 4:16-17). Those who face major affliction have only one need—Jesus’ presence and strength.
This devotional has been written at wits’ end. It’s for those who’ve reached the limits of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual capacity, even though they may still “function” in everyday life.
If you feel that no one but Jesus can help you right now, this book may well give you a morsel of comfort and hope. Or, in the hands of Jesus, it may well be for the comfort and strengthening of faith for thousands and thousands of afflicted Christians. May He bless and multiply it accordingly.
The Devotional Writer
P.S. if you know anyone who is at wits’ end, please share this book launch. You can sign up at www.thegloryofchrist.com/free-book