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October 17, 2016

The Miracle When You’ve Given Up Hope

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)

For all the names of God in the Bible like Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Tsidkenu, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rahpa, or Jehovah Shalom, I tell people that my favorite one is “Jehovah in-the-nick-of-time!” I know it’s not a real one, but I think it should be. Jehovah in-the-nick-of-time certainly describes how God comes through in my life more often than not.

Over and over again in Scripture, we see people who had lived a long time with a great personal need and, then, were touched by Jesus. We see this in the Gospels: a man who was blind from birth, a paralytic at the Bethesda Pool who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, and the Samaritan woman at the well who had been married five times. How often Jesus comes to us at the point we’ve practically given up hope!

I know many people have prayed for miracles for years and years, and nothing happened. Maybe you can relate to that as well. I don’t want to diminish the agony of that, or suggest that God will always show up at the last minute like the cavalry riding in; but, I do believe we often see this truth as we look at the miracles of Jesus. He catches us when we are at the end of our ropes; He grabs us when we let go. He says, “Give it to Me, and watch Me work.”

One of our pastors shared a time of deep personal discouragement in his life and ministry. He attended a worship service with the hope to hear God speak to his heart, only to feel more despair when he heard the preacher talk about grace as “our ability to hold on to God no matter what.” Having lost his grip to hold on any longer, He felt completely lost and alone. It was, in that tender moment, when he let go and gave it all to God that the Holy Spirit gently whispered to his heart, “Grace is not your ability to hold on to God. It is the grip of God when you let go.” Immediately, the miracle of hope to begin again ignited his heart with renewed joy and purpose. God was not through with him.

One of the most painful things to admit is that I need healing, that I really need God to do a work in my life that I can’t do on my own. “God, I can’t fix this relationship. You’re going to have to do that.” “God, I can’t heal myself of this sickness. I need You to heal me.” “God, I can’t meet this need in my life. I need Your help.” It’s humbling to pray such prayers! Yet, the only people who receive healing are those who admit that they need healing. Are you willing to admit your need to God today? If you’re at the end of your rope, you’re really in a good place for God to do the miracle you need most. When you’ve given up all hope, put your life in the hands of the One who is called our Blessed Hope.