The Last Resort
So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Matthew 20:32
I’m guilty of the stereotype of a guy, who will wonder around a store looking for something before I’ll ask for help. There’s this idea in my head that asking for help is a “last resort”. When it comes to looking around an unfamiliar store for something and there are people standing there ready to assist you, it can seem foolish. I have to confess that even when asked “can I help you?” by one of the employees, it’s not until I’ve come to the end of myself and my “last resort” is to give in and ask.
After spending a weekend with my fellow Colony brothers I found myself looking around and hearing the stories of how some of them ended up in the Colony. In most cases it was the last resort. There’s a concept in recovery that it’s not until a man has come to the end of their rope or hit rock bottom before they can be helped. It seems, that when it comes to God getting our attention we have to get to a point of blindness and cry out “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”(Matt 20:31b). Now I know that this was a case of physical blindness but I can relate to “blindness” and the fact that the mark of Messiah was healing the blind.
One of the things we as believers have in common is we were all spiritually blind and now can see. The account in Matthew has always caused me to think of my times of distress, calling out to Jesus and hearing Him say “what do you want Me to do for you?” Imagine with me, the Son of God inclining his ear to us and offering His help, wow!
I think as we get to know our Lord that we learn we don’t have to wait until it’s our last resort to ask Him for help. Just like the time and frustration I can save myself by walking into the store, finding a willing employee and asking for direction. God wants us to be in a constant contact with Him and to “pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:17,18).
There can be an illumination on each situation in our life, a light that shows “The Way” when we do as Paul instructs in the 4th chapter of Ephesians “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace”. This will happen when we take heed to his charge in verse 1b “lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God” and following his recipe to “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love”.
As we get ready for a new day, let’s not wait until it’s our “last resort” to call upon the name of the Lord. – Rob Russomano serves on the full-time staff at America’s Keswick and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Think About This:We will never be happy until we make God the source of our fulfillment and the answer to our longings. He is the only one who should have power over our souls. Stormie Omartian
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2