FINDING HOPE ON THE ELEVENTH HOUR
Can you really find any hope when everything seems hopeless? Wittier remarked, “The steps of faith fall on the seemingly void, but find the rock beneath.”
The lake was in rage, lashing and clawing like a monster at one little boat. A dozen fellows rowed desperately to escape its fury. But the harbor was three miles away across the raging water. The sea dog could not control the boat. It was a moment of desperation and loneliness. They were in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps the easiest way out for them was to give into the last breath. They wished for a quicker death. Then suddenly they saw a figure appear, right in the middle of the sea. Like a ghost out of the golden gloom and spray, they thought they were delusional.
It was out of the ordinary. There were no highways in the sea, no other boats within their vicinity. But someone was walking on the water, treading the waves under His feet like a snarling wild creature. He walked straight across to the boat; they trembled and cringed on each other for dear life. “Take courage!” He said. “It is I, don’t be afraid!” Then he climbed into the boat with them. They were amazed, “how can anyone walk on the water without drowning?” They thought amongst themselves. Before they came out of the frenzy, He commanded the winds to cease.
Like a well – trained pet to it’s owner, the winds obeyed immediately! It was non other than Jesus Christ. He appeared to his disciples at a time of hopelessness. Perfect timing to show the power of God. They witnessed one supernatural event after another. While still at the deep sea, before they could process what had just taken place, another miracle took place, they found themselves at the shore straight away.
Nothing is Impossible with God:
A glimpse into the past takes me on a journey with the disciples. It was a time when life knocked me to the ground. I became an emotional wreck and was scared of life itself. If anyone took a gun to my head, it would be a waste of bullet because l was dead on the inside. I remember longing for nights because people appeared as I’ve always known them. Imaging being so disconnected with the world that you only feel alive in your dreams? Denial had lead to anger and the urge for revenge, then depression and finally acceptance.
“Where do l go next?” I thought to myself. I had some tough choices to make. But before l did, l needed the counsel of some greater authority. I sought wisdom from above, It was at that time of emptiness – when l became one with Jesus Christ. In the same way He appeared to His disciples, He stretched His loving arms towards me and healed my broken pieces. He fully restored my life and gave me a reason to live on. Jesus is real, you don’t need anyone to intervene. Seek Him on your own, you do not need a degree in bible studies to know and understand His message.
Why I’m I saying this? From the book of Exodus, Moses evidently had a speech impediment. Exodus 3:10 says “Moses now said to Jehovah: “Pardon me, Jehovah, but l have never been a fluent speaker, neither in the past, nor since you have spoke to your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”. Moses looked for reasons why he wasn’t good enough to deliver God’s message.
In exodus 4:11, God answered Moses, “Who gave human beings their mouths, who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
God Is, Was and Always Will Be:
Today, Miracles are taking place the same way. Lives are being transformed in an instant. In the book of John 14:12, Jesus said, ” I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the father.” He’s declaring an amazing truth. You will perform miracles, even greater than He has done! The truth of Christ’s teaching is not only a comforting idea or pious meditation. Jesus taught these principles as a reality for anyone who would truly listen to his word and believe.
Nobody could have said it better than Bryan, “Some skeptics say, “oh, the miracles. One may drop a brown seed in the black soil and up comes a green shoot. You let it grow and by and by you pull up it’s root and find it red. You cut the root and it has a white heart. Can anyone tell how this comes by? How brown cast into black results in green, and then red and white? Yet you eat your radish without troubling your mind over miracles. Men are distressed by miracles in the dinning room – they reserve them for religion!”
Put God First:
“When we put God first, everything else falls into place. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for out affection, the demands on our time, the interest we pursue, and order of our priorities.”
When you’re difficult situation, remember the disciples of Jesus out in the storm. They witnessed multiple miracles right after they hit rock bottom. The same is true with life, the stars are always shinning but you don’t see them until night time. When at you’re lowest and all seems lost – that’s the moment you’re well seasoned to receive. Your brokenness makes you see beyond yourself and the world around you.
I don’t know the nature of your struggles, your storms may be fierce, but don’t give into defeat. Perhaps you wish for healing of an illness, for you or a loved one. Maybe it is the salvation of a husband, wife, child or grandchild. You could be asking for restoration of a relationship, or financial breakthrough, a new job – or a dream which has yet to pass. I want you to know that you belong to a God of miracles! His desire is to show Himself strong on your behalf. He is the creator of all that is and ever will be. He will not only calm the winds, He will carry you off shore! There is hope for you even when everything seems hopeless.
“It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his helper is omnipotent.” Jeremy Taylor.