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"Life After The End Of The Rope"

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes"

Romans 10:4

I always laugh when I think of that joke about the guy who falls over the edge of a cliff and finds himself hanging onto a tree branch sticking out of the side of the mountain thousands of feet up from the ground below. Crying out for someone to rescue him for what seems like and eternity he suddenly hears a sound coming from above that he believes to be the voice God saying, "Let go". Unsure if it is the Lord, the man cries out again, "Is that you God?" In a loud clear voice the voice replies, "Yes, it is I, 'let go'" to which the man responds, "is there anyone else up there?" I don't know about you but I can so easily relate to that man.

Obedience involves faith, and often times it requires what seems to us like a leap of faith or in this case a free fall. Have you ever heard the idiom, "I have come to the end of my rope" as if to say I am tired of waiting or I have run out of options? If so, know that is a great place to be in life as it is there in that moment that we find that there is life after the end of the rope, for its after the end of the rope when we have let go we discover who God is and what He is truly capable of.

The point is this, unless we come to the end of our proverbial rope as it were, God cannot use us to our fullest potential until we come to the end of the confidence we place in our own abilities. To help us discover how capable God is He often allows problems to come into our lives that are greater than our abilities to solve them are.

Like the saying, "you will never be more alive than the day you die", its equally true, we will never be more available to be used of God to fulfill our calling in this life than when we come to the end of our rope and let go. The trials that come our way are not designed to strengthen our grip so that we might try harder or hold on longer. Actually the trials of life are designed to do the very opposite. When we come to the end of our rope God wants us to allow ourselves to become weak, so weak we let go and trust the Lord to be strong for us.

You see friend, God never tells us to try harder to keep His laws. God does however by His grace invite us to surrender ourselves to Him so that He can live His life through us. That's the secret as it were to our strength and our success, the ability to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The apostle Paul expresses the Lord's heart perfectly in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 where he writes, "He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." God is faithful, loved one, He will perform His perfect will in our lives as we let go. There really is life after the end of your rope. If you are trying to please God by being strong and holding on but you feel like you are losing your grip then do yourself a favor and let go! Let go of self sufficiency and choose rather to rest in the faithfulness of God that we read of in Jude 1:24-25,

"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen."


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