Friday, August 2, 2013

Hopeless


This morning I read the following in Jeremiah 18:11-12. “Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.”’” And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.”
My first thought was how could they blatantly decide to reject God and follow their own ways? They were intentionally walking away from God. But then as I read further and also read in other passages, God opened my eyes. This is us. In this passage, they felt it was “hopeless”. How many times do we feel like a situation is “hopeless”? Things are so bad that not even God can fix them. And even if He can, why would He? We must take matters into our hands and figure it out and solve the problem ourselves. After all, it is “hopeless” unless we do it ourselves and follow our own hearts.
This reminded me again what I have heard so many times before: Let go, and let God. We aren’t that different today than the disobedient Israelites in the Old Testament.
Do you have a “hopeless” situation? Take that step of faith, and let God handle it. Sometimes He is just waiting for us to get out of the way.

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