At the End of Myself

Woman ropeYesterday two friends told me, a few hours apart from each other, that they are at the end of themselves.  They are at the end of their ropes in their own particular circumstances.

I greatly admire and appreciate these friends.  If you knew either of these Christian women, you would say they have it all together.  They are strong, beautiful, and smart, and each have a super sense of humor.  Each of them would also be the first to tell you of her weaknesses.

Referring to parenting her son, one humbly said, “I am completely inadequate.”

About her finances and physical exhaustion, the other quietly cried, “I’m at the end of myself.”

These friends, who are truly Christ-followers, are being squeezed, and squeezed hard.  Their faith is being tested to a greater degree than they ever before imagined.

They could run away from their problems and ignore them.  They could put their “smarts” to work and manipulate solutions to their problems.  But, these women have tried these things before, and they are dead ends.

All they ask for now is God’s adequacy.

In II Corinthians 3:5 it says, “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.”  The ability to serve God does not come from our own strength or wisdom.  Our adequacy to do what He has called us to is not found in ourselves.

Our adequacy is FROM GOD.  We must depend upon Him.  What a Christian cliche!  Yes it is, so I’d like to break it down for a moment.  (Sometimes we make the Christian life way too complicated!)  What does it mean to “depend upon God” and find our adequacy in Him?

  1.  Know that God is at work in you.  If you are a born-again Christian, take comfort and confidence in knowing that He has given you a new heart to love and obey Him.  He has given you His Holy Spirit to lead you in truth and righteousness.  He has given you all you need in Christ to walk this path.
  2. Pray for God’s gracious help.  Pour out your concerns to Him.  Bring your requests before the Lord for your circumstances and for what’s going on inside of you.  He delights in answering your prayers and caring for you.
  3. Obey God’s Word.  Instead of leaning on your own understanding and coming up with your own solutions to your problems, do it God’s way.  Study the Scriptures to see how God would have you respond to Him, others, and your circumstances.  You want to see a woman who depends upon God and His adequacy in her life?  Then you will see a woman who obeys God’s Word no matter what.

When we are at the end of ourselves, we as Christians are at a place of significant spiritual growth.  Are you at the end of yourself?  How fortunate you really are.

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