“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 3:16)
Have you ever come to a point where you feel you just cannot go on? A few months ago when I was given yet another diagnosis, I felt like I had come to the end of my rope. My philosophy has always been when you get to the end of your rope, tie a know in it. However, this time it was not working. I was feeling too overwhelmed by everything and felt like I had nowhere to turn.
I began focusing on what I could try to do to cope and find answers rather than looking to God to give me the strength to go on. I was on the internet, trying to learn about this new diagnosis, and to be honest, the more I learned the more I worried. It was not educating me as I had hoped, but rather it was instilling a sense of dread and fear within myself.
It was then that the Lord showed me that I tend to look to the medical community and my own knowledge about my health conditions for my courage to go on rather than relying upon Him for His strength. Up until that point I wasn’t aware how much I looked to other sources for my strength and I really only went to Him when I was desperate.
What He was trying to teach me was to not wait until I was at a point of desperation to seek Him, but to seek Him and His strength on a daily, even minute-by-minute basis.
I had to ask God for forgiveness because I knew in my heart it was the sin of unbelief that was in my heart and that it was what was causing me to become so worried. Once I recognized what I had been doing and asked God to forgive me, I could feel His compassion and mercy washing over me.
What a tender, loving God we have! Even when we go off in other directions looking for hope and answers He is always there waiting to give us the comfort and hope that we are so desperately looking for.
I learned that day that it was not a knot that was at the end of my proverbial rope. . . it was the open arms of God, waiting to encourage me and console me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You help me to come to you when I feel like I just cannnot go on. Comfort me and reassure me that You are there and will never leave me nor forsake me. amen.
About the author:Fiona Burky is a retired Licensed Clinical Counselor who lives in Ohio. It is only by God’s grace and strength that she has been able to endure her multiple health issues. You may view her blog at: http://fionab-growingbeyondyourpainfulpast.blogspot.com
Do you sometimes think, “I cannot go on like this! I have had enough!” What conscious decision do you make to get you out of the place of fear?
Here is an assuring song we love “I Will Carry You” by artist Michael W. Smith.