July 2016 Devotion

The End of Our Rope


When we reach the climax of something, and all alternatives have been exhausted, a common descriptive idiom for this stage is, “I am at the end of my rope.”  The songwriter in Psalm 119 expressed his acute need for Divine intervention.  He pleaded with the Lord for help.  He was “at the end of his rope.”


         “I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors. Ensure your servant’s well-being; let not the arrogant oppress me. My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise. Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. It is time for you to act, O LORD; your law is being broken.”  (Psa. 119:121-126, NIV)


Sometimes in these situations, God sends more rope.  We may have desired a conclusion, but the Almighty needed an extension.  This is a very hard spiritual lesson.  Within these settings, attitudes of Lordship, trust, and obedience are challenged.  If we can persevere through these moments, incredible spiritual growth occurs.


The hardness of steel can be adjusted with heat treating.  These special ovens are designed to hold the material at a precise temperature so that an even temper can be obtained.  This process can take days to complete.  The steel can be cooled slowly or submerged in water for a rapid change in temperature.  This is not a haphazard experiment.  It is meticulous science.


When we are suffering, it is difficult to trust in God’s leadership.  We cannot understand what the Lord is doing in these moments; however, we must yield to His plan and purpose.  No one hardens steel so that it can be tossed into a landfill or consumed in the furnace.  It is far too valuable for such folly.  God is never foolish.


Dear Lord, I may not understand what you are accomplishing or preparing in my life, but I yield my will to Your holy purpose.  You have neither left nor forsaken me; therefore, I choose to trust You for the miracles that I need today.  You understand my acute need for Your intervention.  I will accept whatever Your hand offers to me in love.  Please send me Your peace for this journey of life.  Thank you for meeting my every need.  In the mighty name of Jesus I pray.  Amen!