“God’s office is often at the end of your rope…”

The phrase that is the title of this blog – “God’s office is often at the end of your rope” – is one that I heard somewhere along the way. I can’t even recall now where I heard it, but it’s stuck with me. I think the reason it resonates with me is because of how true this sentiment has been for me in my life and journey. When something happens to me that upsets my life balance – which like every human being that’s ever lived is pretty often – my natural tendency is to handle it myself. This is not necessarily a bad thing. God created us with minds and hearts and hands and feet to be able to address the issues we’re facing in our lives. However, He also created us primarily to have a relationship with Him, which requires faith. The Scriptures say in Hebrews chapter 11 that “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.” It’s challenging to have a relationship with an unseen God – we’d much rather rely on our eyes and our ears and our other senses to tell us what’s real. However, God so deeply desires to have a connection with the people that He created that He’ll allow challenges to come into our lives that will exceed our ability to handle with the resources we have. It’s in these moments that we often meet God – the moments where all we can do is cry out for help! That’s what this phrase is all about! In our Growing Hope book study that we’ve just begun at Benjamin’s Hope on Sunday afternoons we’re working through the book Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace by Greg Lucas. In the introductory video to the book that can be found by clicking HERE, the author and his wife describe their experience of loving and caring for their multiply disabled son Jake in this way: “Through Jake’s illness and his disability and his near death, God brought us to a place of total desperation where we had nothing to offer Him and yet He had everything to offer us.” My hope for each of us is this: that we’ll truly be brought to the end of ourselves in order that God would meet us in that place and truly give us ALL that we need. Here these words of encouragement from 1 Peter 5:10 “God always gives you all the grace you need. So you will only have to suffer for a little while. Then God himself will build you up again. He will make you strong and steady. And He has chosen you to share in His eternal glory because you belong to Christ.” In short, He’ll meet you at the end of your rope! Amen.

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  1. Doug Hill on January 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

    We met at my cousin’s wedding in Holland a few weeks back. I’m the guy with the son who has autism (Douglas).

    This message made me think of what Paul prayed for the Romans: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

    Often times when I am speaking with people who do not know the Lord (and sometimes with those who do) I express my hopes for Douglas. Sometimes people, who are only trying to help, try to tell me that I have false hope and that Douglas will never overcome some of the things I hope he will overcome (most of the time they just give me a look like; yea right, good luck with that buddy). I nicely (most of the time) explain to them that false hope is actually a contradiction of terms (“that’s an oxy you moron” ~ dumb and dumber (not sure which dumb guy said it)). You simply can’t hope falsely. The whole point of hope according to Merriam Webster is “to want something to happen or be true.” So how can I falsely want some to happen or be true? Add to that the fact that I server the God of hope and no matter how dark it looks or how hopeless it appears He can help me to overflow with hope. Not on my own, but as I trust in Him and with the hope and the power of the Holy Spirit.

    • Eric Peterson on January 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Doug,
      Thanks so much for reaching out, and thanks for always dreaming big things for Douglas! God has amazing plans for him, and for each of us as we trust in Him. May you continue to “overflow with hope” brother!

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