Sunday, October 7, 2012

Running Desperate 4: The State of Being Desperate

I don’t like feeling desperate. I like being the captain of my ship. Directing my life vessel in the way I want it to go.  Desperation isn't exactly control. It’s more like the state of being capsized. Out of the boat. Tossed and thrown about by winds you cannot seem to do anything about.  Arghh. Not a fan.

God, on the other hand, loves desperation. Why? I don’t know! But He has His reasons. I was thinking about it this morning…..why does God love it when I get desperate? Why does he respond to me when I’m on the brink?

This I do know. There isn't that much I can give to God. He’s given me everything. He owns everything. He knows everything. He can show me in an infinite number of ways how much He loves me. But how can I show Him that I love Him? That I value you Him and believe in Him above all others?  

I can do things for Him. I can give Him my time and my money. I can worship Him. However, our motives are sometimes so muddled in our giving.  It’s possible to do all of those things with lousy motives. And of course He would know them all. But when I get desperate, when I throw myself into His arms and admit that if He does not help me I will not be helped, that’s raw. It’s real. Genuine.  Desperation smacks of real-ness. It’s humbling. Instead of continuing to try and navigate my ship, I’m just plain honest. I cannot do this. I want to handle it, but I cannot. If you do no help me, I will not be helped. If you think about it, that’s got to be music to God’s ears.  

There are a number of Bible verses that speak about being desperate. Here are a couple of them:

Luke 11:5-11 NKJV
And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread[d] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

Words of a desperate woman:
Matthew 15: 21-28 NKJV
21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”

23 But He answered her not a word.

And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”

24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”

26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. 

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