He is like a stunted shrub in the desert, with no hope for the future.
~Jeremiah 17:6, TLB
Jesus was a Man of Sorrows; acquainted with our grief, but He was never hopeless.
Sometimes we refer to people and situations as a “hopeless case,” and indeed it is so but can anything be hopeless with God? This was the thought that crossed my mind this morning in my prayer time. There are things that you and I cannot fix no matter how much we want to or how hard we try. I talked to a broken hearted father over the weekend who has done everything in the world for his children. He has spared no expense and he has been there for them every step of the way. I’m not talking about an absent daddy who throws money at his kids at Christmas and birthdays; I am talking about a faithful father who has been there every step, pre-school, grade school, little league, birthdays, graduation, you name it–he was there giving love and support. I’m very afraid that those who have never had a child get hooked on drugs do not understand the magnitude of this problem. I heard one man say, “You just go get them, reclaim them, by faith you take them back from the devil.” Sounds good but there is one problem: it doesn’t work that way.
You don’t know what the word ‘helpless’ means till you get a child addicted to drugs. Money will not fix a drug problem, no amount. A billion dollars will not fix a kid hooked on drugs. Perhaps you are thinking: they just need a little love and understanding. They will take every ounce of love and understanding you give and they will convert it to cash so they can buy more drugs. The last two verses of Luke 15 has been on my heart… “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Did you catch that…the prodigal was dead as for as his father was concerned and his return was like a resurrection.
What I am saying is that when it first happens, you think “I can fix this, with the prayers of friends and the help of medical profession, we can fix this…you even think proud thoughts like, this may destroy other families but my family is an exception,” and then comes the shocking reality: I can’t fix it, the doctor’s can fix it, no one can fix it other than God. But there is one truth that rings louder than all the above and that is NO ONE or NO SITUATION is hopeless to God. I know in my heart, He is not a hopeless God. Yes, I would be a hopeless man if I didn’t believe in a God who is never hopeless. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust my wit or brain, my hope is leaning on Jesus name.
The weather is kind of like me–Crazy. It got down to the mid 40’s last night and going to be 70 today which is fine with me. This is DAY 39 of the Covid-19 over reaction. Hopefully, the governor will free some things up today. The hospitals need to re-open. Critically sick people need their family near. If she doesn’t do something today, I am going to start making racket, not that they care but remember, I am on the air now and I will speak out. I like DRIVE-IN CHURCH, no problem there but the hospital thing needs to change.
It is hard to make plans with the State telling us what to do; so I am waiting until the Governor’s press conference to make some announcements about changes. I will put them in tomorrow’s blog and also do an Email through Colleen. You four precious GRACE POINT readers pass the word. June is busy today trying to get our pizza’s ordered for WEDNESDAY NIGHT DRIVE-BY CHURCH. She has had a difficult time so pray that she will have some success today.
For those who watch our Sunday Service online: Josh did not go live yesterday and from this point forward, the service will be available on Sunday evening around 1:30 pm. For the time being, the Wednesday message will be live because that is easier for me to do.
I do appreciate all who read the blog and listen to the messages. I do not respond to messages on FB or online but I will respond to a text. I do not look at statistics. June informed me about the first week but I never look. I do know that people are watching from Limestone County, Mississippi and the Danville Area and I appreciate it. You cannot imagine how encouraging that is to a 70 year old.
Hope you have a great day and a great week.