June 29, 2012
- By Ed Powell
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"O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thy help." Hosea 13:9
"Only those who see the 'invisible' can do the 'impossible.'" These words are by someone whose eyes were focused on God, whose faith was securely anchored in a hope that moves the mountain, and makes the crooked ways straight. The results of man's dilemma are the consequences of his own choosing. God has plainly told us that eternal misery will be the fruit of sin and impenitence. Yet man will continue to disregard the warnings of God, determined to go his way, and to seek to control his own destiny.
Man makes use of everything to ensure his own destruction. Whether he looks upward to God, or around him to the world, or within him to his own experience, he turns everything into an occasion for fostering his own delusions and lulling himself to sleep in a fatal self-security. But God, in His infinite grace, says, "In Me is thy help." How great and undeserving is God's unconditional, fathomless love to us.
There is WISDOM in Christ to direct the most ignorant. "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls."..."If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." There is MERIT in Christ to justify the guilty. "And by him all that believe are justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the Law of Moses." Also that wonderful verse, "For he who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." There is GRACE in Christ to sanctify the most degraded. "And such were one of you, but ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified, in the name of the Lord and by the Spirit of our God." There is STRENGTH in Christ for the weakest among us. "For my grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
There is nothing wanting among believers that is not abundantly supplied in Jesus Christ: "In Me is thy help." There is assurance for our faith, encouragement for every situation, strength for every challenge, and a refuge from every foe. Joy for every discouragement, comfort for every sorrow, and His presence for our loneliness. "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever." How blessed to find IN HIM the complement of all our need.
The natural man calculates results, considers all the risks, determines the possibilities of failure, and endeavors to evaluate in every way the success he seeks, relying wholly on his own ability and ingenuity to accomplish his goals. To the believer, such calculations are secondary to his relation to God. He realizes the results are determined by placing simple childlike faith in Almighty God. He looks beyond and above the circumstances, to the One who has promised "to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think." Such are the boundless resources that are ours IN CHRIST. Oh, that we would daily appropriate these riches of His grace and make them a reality in our lives to the praise and glory of His name.
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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