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Helpless and Hopeless

February 3, 2019

The world is a mess. Globally you’ll find wars, crimes, and natural disasters. Governments who are more concerned with lining their pockets than caring for their people lead to corruption, hunger, and unrest. The disparity between poor and wealthy grows exponentially each year. Racism, persecution, prostitution, and drug trafficking plague so many corners of the world.

Maybe your personal world is a mess, too. Broken relationships, disease, and unemployment are unavoidable in each of our lives and families. A son who has chosen the high of meth over everything else, a daughter who ran off, or a spouse who decided marriage was too hard cause immeasurable stress. Aging parents, a disabled child, or a diagnosis of terminal cancer can rock your world for an extended period of time.

Problems, crises, and stress are unavoidable. No one is exempt from them. The question that needs to be addressed is what do you do with the crises? Where do you find answers? Where do you take your grief, your joy, or your emotional rollercoaster? When the bottom falls out of your world, what holds you up?

Some will rely on the government to bail them out. Others might turn to therapy. Some will cling to friends and family. Doctors might provide support to deal with the issues.

Many people will divert to an escape mode. Drugs, sex, and alcohol get abused to deaden pain or ignore reality. Working more, retreating from others, or going on vacation could also be reactions to the stressors in life.

What happens when those fail? The money runs out, the drugs don’t bring the high, the friends and family turn on you, or the therapy doesn’t work. Then what do you do?

When we realize who God is, we know that He can be trusted. When the other support systems collapse, the Creator of the universe who knows the number of hairs on your head and loves you more than anyone is still in control.

But we shouldn’t wait until all other systems fail before we cling to God. When the crisis comes, reminding ourselves that God is in control from the very beginning gives perspective. We can pull in the other support realizing that they are limited in their scope and effectiveness, but that God is not limited in any way. We can access the resources, knowing that God is sovereign over them as much as He is sovereign over us.

It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
 It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes
. (Psalm 118:8-9)

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