I was coming down the road today and saw a church sign that read “God is at the end of your rope”. It reminded me of a couple other sayings that are largely similar like, “God is my co-pilot” and “All we can do now is pray”.
It sounds great in theory, doesn’t it? For God to be there waiting, right at the end of your frayed and knotted rope? Or that God is sitting beside you, ready to take the reigns of anything goes wrong.
And Lord knows, when the going REALLY gets tough, we could always pray!
It got me to thinking… If those are the places you keep reserved for God, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when things go wrong.
We Might Have It Backwards
God isn’t a last resort.
- Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6
- But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13
He isn’t a sideline player that only steps in when we’re in trouble.
He isn’t some distant relative that doesn’t care to know what’s going on in our lives.
As a matter of fact, He is our Creator, the very reason we have breath in our bodies and He knew us before we were even born(Jeremiah 1:5).
He’s Always There
The Bible says, seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and all these things will be added to you. It seems to me that if we do just the opposite on our end, wouldn’t He do the opposite on His?
I was recently talking with someone about how you cannot separate parts of your life with regards to God. We can’t be someone “with” Him, and someone “without” Him. There simply is no way to set Him aside to carry on parts of our life we think He doesn’t want to be a part of.
- Are you a pastor? He’s there.
- Are you a worship leader? He’s there.
- Do you look after the homeless, widows or orphans? He’s there.
- Do you thank Him as you prepare to eat a meal? He’s there.
- Are you easily angered? He’s there.
- You think your drinking or drug use is hidden? He’s there.
- Are you addicted to pornography? He’s there.
- Are you lost and in need of a Savior? He’s there.
You see, your life is your life BECAUSE He’s there! Not a single bit of it is excluded from His sight, day in and day out. He sees your service to Him, and He equally sees your struggles and sin.
No oil and water don’t mix, but blood and water do!
A God Who Is Near…Always
My advice is advice I try to follow myself. Trust God. Believe what He said. Do what He says to do. Talk to Him often. Even if nothing is wrong!
I was visiting my Mom a couple days ago and she remarked that I looked quite different. I thought that might be a bad thing until she said it was a peaceful feeling she saw.
With that one statement, she made me happier than she realized, I think. That has been my heart’s desire…for God’s peace to show through me!
It’s Not Hard To Lose Sight of Him
You see, the past few years haven’t been the best in the world. Even though I was paying lip service to God, my heart was far from Him.
Oh, I loved Him! There’s no doubt about that!
But I put things before Him. I put people before Him. I neglected the call to be a Godly wife and mother. I neglected things I knew I was suppose to be doing. In place of that, I was working for myself, standing in my own strength. Or at least, what I perceived as strength.
It is SO true that we are NOTHING without Him!
I gave myself to things I thought would be worth my time. He, in turn, gave me over to a reprobate mind.
At least for awhile.
Sometimes It Takes A Swift Kick
God doesn’t send evil. That’s another thing of which I am very sure. I could try to explain it, but it deserves a post all its own. One that I might eventually get to at some point.
But while God does not send evil, if you shun Him long enough, you’ll walk your OWN self right into it!
If you keep leaving Him as a last resort, then He will allow Himself to BECOME that last resort. And God help you, if that happens.
Yes, He is a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Sometimes, though, that trouble could so often be avoided.
If we have a right relationship with Him, including Him in ALL the parts of our life, it’s likely He will keep us from the fowler’s snare (Psalm 124:7) in the first place!
And OH the joy and peace you will experience when you do!
My Prayer For YOU
Father, I pray you touch anyone reading these words. Give them a glimpse of Who You are and how important it is to give You complete control. If there’s one that doesn’t know You, I pray they find You and the salvation You so freely offer. If there’s one caught in sin’s grip, I pray You loose them this very moment, taking that desire. Replace it with a burning desire to serve You. I praise You, Father, for All that You are and for being better to me than I deserve. In Jesus’ Name…Amen.