When Life is Out of Control (by Gary Roberts)

“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?” Romans 7:24

Have you ever noticed that often you are your own worst enemy? It’s your own reactions, your own fears, your own inadequacies that cause you to act in ways that cause heartache. I know that’s true for me.

I need to be saved from myself because there are things I don’t like about me – things I wish I had done differently, things I’d like to change. But I can’t change them, not on my own power. I need what God has to offer me in Jesus.

Sometimes we think, “I can change.” But in reality none of us can change on our own power. Every year I make a list of resolutions to change. But by the end of the first month that list is in the trash. Why? Because I can’t change on my own; I need God’s power. I need a Savior, someone who can make the changes I can’t make myself.

God doesn’t waste effort on things that are unnecessary. If we didn’t need a Savior, God wouldn’t have sent Jesus. The very fact that God sent a Savior means we need one. The truth is for one reason or another our lives get out of control. That simply means that we are a part of the human family – humans have a way of making a mess of things and it’s pretty common to us all.

Paul writes in Romans 7: 24-25: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does.” There you have it – Jesus is the answer. God sent Jesus for when life is out of control.

Sometimes we look for salvation in the wrong places, that’s why we get frustrated. We’re looking for that one thing that’s going to give us fulfillment and meaning and peace in life. We look for love in all the wrong places – the fact is that nothing gives fulfillment like a living relationship with God in Jesus Christ.

Some think that if I were married, or if I were only single again, or if I had a certain job, or a promotion, or attain a certain level of wealth, or have a baby – or if our babies would grow up and graduate – then things would be great.

That’s looking in all the wrong places. The answer is not in a place. It’s not in a program or a pill. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ. We were made by God and we were made for God, and until we understand that, life is never going to make sense.

Let us pray: Lord I want life to make sense. Often I find my thoughts so out of control – my inner life spinning and about to crash all because I think I can do it myself. There is no way that I can put the pieces of my life together without Your help. As Paul says I’ve tried everything and nothing works.

So Lord when I’m frustrated I know I’ve let go of Your hand and tried to do things on my own and that only makes matters worse. So Lord I’m taking hold of Your hand as tight as I can and trust my every move walking hand and hand with You. You are the Great I AM and You came to give us hope in Jesus. Amen.

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