Matthew 5:3 MSG “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”
This version of Matthew 5:3 reminds me of a particular trying time in my life. I remembering saying these words to my Pastor. “I am at the end of my rope and hanging on by my finger nails” and he smiled and said “Good, that’s where God likes you.” I wanted to kick him in the shin. Seriously! Where did he get off saying something like that? Sitting in his pretty little life, having a happy day and here I was falling to pieces. I didn’t get it then, but I began to see it later.
I would never suggest that you say something like that to someone who is at the end of their rope either…but it is true. I have to say that it’s the dangling that is so scary, yet it is hope that is holding you there. It’s not a happy place to be. It can be downright terrifying to be ‘poor in spirit’.
When we finally get to the place that we can say, literally say, “I have done all that I can do” we give God an opportunity to move in and make a difference in our lives. It’s hard to get to that place. To stand in a place where you just don’t know what the next thing to do is. To be weary and wary about what is going to happen next. To let go and let God! When we finally realize that we have been trying to do God’s job (and not very well) that is when we can take our hands off the wheel and let God be in control.
Control? What can you control? With all the lists and the plans? All the pros and cons? All the goals and the never ending day to day management of your life? What can you really control? You! You can control YOUR choices. You can control YOUR responses. You can control YOUR mouth. YOURS! You can only control YOU! Not your spouse, not your child, your parent, your coworker, your neighbor. You. That's it. When you give YOUR control to God, you are no longer without. You are no longer poor. When you realize your Father wants the best and the most for you and your life you have IT!
IT makes you rich in everything that you need and even more. God’s heart wants to provide you with as much as your heart’s desire and more. More than enough.