There are many days I feel completely powerless.
Romans chapter 5 assures me “at just the right time , when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8) NIV
In as much as I feel powerless, God’s love never fails. My friends pain in her husband’s determined self destruction is palpable. I ache as she aches, yearning for the day when he returns to his senses. Yet, I am powerless to physically help her suffering. However, my spirit rises in power to the glory of our great Savior, Jesus Christ. As I call to Him to wrap His immeasurable arms around her this day and consume her with His strength.
It is the only power who can help her at just the right time.
God demonstrates His love for my family; a dear aunt and uncle who dedicated their lives supporting their family. A daily witness of self-less sacrifice providing love and security for their children and grandchildren. I grieve as the family grieves when that blanket of protection fails and loss occurs, in spite of every valiant effort.
How we torture ourselves with our powerlessness. We must cling to the knowledge that in our sin and our family’s sin Christ died for us. His shed blood is the payment for that sin. In spite of an overwhelming heaviness that suppresses the breath and constricts the heart. It’s still pumping blood. Air inflates and deflates lungs that aren’t capable of expressing the blackness.
The agony of powerlessness is the beginning of trust.
Trust in the blood that was shed by the One who feels the same blackness and pain of loss. The psalmist says in Psalm 139 “Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (vs8) “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (vs. 11-12)
Please know, we are not powerless in prayer. As Paul so relied on fellow believers to carry him through, so we too can offer prayer to suffering friends and family. 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 says, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks, on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
Yes, friends! In our powerlessness, defeat, overwhelming grief, and in spite of our ungodly ways we can hold fast to the One who redeems! In continual prayer, may God Bless you.