Friday, October 21, 2022

The Cry Of The Helpless

Jesus loves the cry of the helpless. Some folks think being helpless is being weak. is! It is in our weaknesses that Jesus is made strong in and through us. Paul said, "And He (Jesus) has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me." (2 Corinthians 12:9) Christianity is all about being weak in ourselves, so that Jesus may be strong in us. Paul continues, "Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10)

The very first time I genuinely cried to Jesus for help, He answered my cry. It was 44 years ago this month. I was completely helpless. Our marriage had collapsed and I couldn't do a thing about it. The best I could do (as futile as it was), was to take my own life. I pondered it because I thought it might ease the pain. But because someone had been sharing Jesus with me for the previous 8 months, I cried out to Jesus. He heard me. He answered me. I've never been the same! "In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears." (Psalm 8:6)

There is something about the cry out of desperation that moves the heart of God. For me, my cry was formed from the realization that I was on the verge of loosing everything and being totally helpless. My cry to Jesus was genuine. He came into my heart and my life changed drastically! Out of my complete helplessness, He came into my life when I called out to Him.

God wants to hear your desperate cry! You may not be in a crisis as I was some 44 years ago. However, the cry of desperation simply comes from a heart with a genuine desire to surrender all to Jesus. In my case, Jesus dealt with me at several points in my life. I could feel His love for me, but I kept pushing Him away. Jesus saw that I was on the path of destruction and loss. He wanted to spare me of the pain and agony I was about to experience. I kept pushing Him away until my life shipwrecked! But fortunately for me, that's when my cry of desperation went up to Him. "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18)

Your situation may seem to be helpless, but it's not! With God, all things are possible! Perhaps you are where you are, in the midst of what you're experiencing to clearly see the need for the desperate cry to Him. Call out to Him my friend! He will answer your cry! Surrender all so that He can redeem it all, just for you!

 By the way, Connie and I are approaching or 49th Anniversary! He heard my cry!

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