Posts Tagged ‘despair’


September 20, 2014

The Powerless

2 Chronicles 14:11: O LORD, not one but you can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in you alone. It is in your name that we have come against this vast horde. O LORD, you are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!

We have no power in ourselves to …
Please God.
Make him listen.
Gain his blessings.
Change ourselves.
Become more like Jesus.
Win a lasting victory.

Did you know that you’re powerless? No one of us can do anything without Jesus. Oh, sure. We might make the soccer team. We might get good grades on our own. We might catch a bass while fishing. But ultimately, anything that’s good and lasts must come from Jesus.

The prayer above was spoken by King Asa as he went out to fight. He knew God had to accomplish the victory. Without God’s help, he could do nothing.

Call on God always to be with you. Then you will succeed. Prayer: Lord, I ask you always to be with me and lead me. Amen.


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May 25, 2014



1 Samuel 31:4: Saul groaned to his armor-bearer, “Take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines run me through and humiliate me.” But the armor-bearer was afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.


Suicide is a serious problem today for young people and old alike. It’s one of the leading causes of death among elementary school children. Why do people commit suicide? Usually, it’s because their lives have gone terribly wrong. Some sin or problem – bad grades in school, a bully situation, a parent’s death or divorce, loss of a job, a divorce – has struck and the person feels depressed and angry inside. He or she may try to end it all to relieve the pain.


In the story we’re looking at today, King Saul had lost an important battle. His fighting sons were killed, including Jonathan, David’s best friend. Saul saw no way out. In the darkness of the hour, he saw only one course of action: to die.


So Saul fell on his sword and killed himself.


Thoughts of suicide are nothing to be played with. If you feel depressed and suicidal, talk to your pastor or your Christian friends. Get help. Such people will know how to encourage you. Don’t keep it to yourself, and remember that God is with you. He will help you through this. He knows his plans for you and assures you that better days are coming, no matter how bad it looks now. Don’t let this time of pain and darkness destroy you.


Prayer: Father, let me turn to you for help when I’m feeling down. Amen.

Out of Money

April 21, 2014

Out of Money


what can I do now

the money is gone

the accounts are empty

I have some gold

some silver in the

safe deposit box

it will not last long

I can’t get a job

I’ve applied everywhere

the recession remains

the market is empty

we eat we drink we sleep

but how long can it last

if I can’t pay the mortgage

if I can’t pay for groceries

if we really come to bottom

dead bottom

nowhere to look to but up

where will You and I be

when we reach that passageway

my parents are gone

the inheritance is spent
no one to go to

am I one of those who must

go to the church and beg

for a few cans of food

please I need You to say something

give me some assurance

give me something strong

and hard

and sure

to hold onto

yet I feel You say nothing

why are You so often silent

why do You look at us

know all we do

all we say

and You remain unmoved

seemingly uncaring

like David said

how long O Lord

will You forget me forever

You are love

it says in 1 John


where is it in my days

where can I grasp it

my children look up to me

I’m hungry Daddy

I need some new clothes Daddy

I love you Daddy

but I hurt so bad

we have never been in this place

no money at all

I feel broken and forsaken

and deserted

all those things

You said you would never

forsake or desert me

You would never

do the things the world does

to the lost

You would never do to me your child

or any of Your children

the things I have seen

families taken to the end

believers murdered in Iran

and North Korea

I know

I know You say You are with us

to the end

but the world teems with

broken forsaken hurting Christians

what am I to do then

after the last check is written

the last dime cast to the cashier

the last hope dying

before my eyes

I’m sorry to complain

I don’t do it much

but sometimes I just

have to blurt it out

this is serious

where are You God

where the heck are You