Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Does Desperation Justify our Doing What God Says is Sinful or Wrong?

I couldn't help thinking of what we and countless people are experiencing during these very trying times.

Desperation. Dead end. Pain. In your mind, there's no hope or way out.

... a family wallows in poverty, so a man chooses to steal, rob, or commit a crime in order to feed his loved ones.
... losing one's house, car, or other valuables to floods or earthquakes causes one to drink himself to oblivion or take his life
... a young person uses drugs to numb the pain of losing a close friend
... a woman excuses her adultery by saying, "But I'm lonely"

Does desperation justify our doing what God says is obviously wrong and sinful? Sadly, desperation often blocks people from seeing the ultimate consequences of sin. It focuses on the self (above God) - how you've been mistreated, how you do not deserve loss or calamity, how lonely or unhappy you are ... and so on.

There is another road out of desperation: You can find God's hope, help, and healing for your pain. In your weakness, God is your strength. The Word of God is complete with examples of men and women who cried out to God in desperation. Some of these include Daniel, David, Jeremiah, Esther, Job, Peter, Paul.

Whatever your case, there is only one way this can happen to you. Get serious with God, cry out to Him, and await His answer!

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer" (1 Peter 3:12)

"In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free (Psalm 118:5).

"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13).

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