Scripture: Psalms 107:27 "Ships in great waters reel to and fro .... and are at their wits' end."
the ships in great waters, there are problems and situations in
our lives that bring us to our wits' end. We do all
that we know to do, but our resources are limited and
insufficient to deliver us from the storm or to spare us from the
difficulty that we are facing. Just like the mariner, it seems
that our ship mounts up to the heavens on the high waves, and then
descends into the depths of the ocean. Our lives are tossed
to and fro and our souls melt because of the trouble that we are
in. We can no longer navigate the ship and like the
seaman our wisdom is to no avail. There is no time to think
because of the turmoil of the restless sea that surrounds us.
God all things are possible if we look to Him for the help that we
need. Verse twenty-eight tells us what to do when we are at our
wits' end. It says, "Then they cried unto the Lord in their
trouble." When we begin to cry out for help, God will calm the
storm, cause the waves to be still, and bring us into a safe
haven. There are examples throughout the scriptures of people who
were at the end of themselves and their situations, but God intervened
with His plan. Following are four examples for your own life.
may have come to your wit's end regarding
your finances. The widow in I Kings 17 had come to the
end of her provision in a great time of famine. She planned to
make a cake for herself and her son and then just die. But the
prophet came with God's plan and challenged her to give. As she
gave and met the prophet's need, God met her needs and sustained
her through the famine. So be obedient to the Lord's request and
He will sustain you.
You may be facing a serious health issue. The woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years in Matthew 9:20-22 had
spent all that she had on the physicians and had not become better, but
grew worse. She was at the end of her finances and health.
But in her desperation, she put her faith into action, pushed through
the crowds and reached out to Jesus, and was healed. So when
you are at the end of your health, reach out in faith to the Lord for
Your relationships with others may be at their
wit's end. The prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 had abused his
relationship with his father, squandered all of his inheritance, and
eventually found himself eating the swine's food. He was at the
end of his own devices, but when he finally came to himself, he
returned to his father and repented. As he cried out to his
father, his father responded in love and restored him.
For since the day the son had left, the father had
been waiting for his son's return. Remember that your
friends and family are waiting for reconciliation so be the first to
return and reach out in love.
You may be at the end and ready to
give up on ministry. Joseph in Genesis 37-47 was treated
unjustly many times, lied about, and rejected by his brothers.
Even the chief butler and baker forgot about Joseph when they were
released from the prison. Many times Joseph must have come to his
wit's end, thinking that the dreams and visions that God had given
him had no chance of ever coming to pass. However, God fulfilled
the dream and in one day's time Joseph was raised from the prison
to the palace, and from obscurity to fame. Continue in faith and
you will reach your God ordained destiny.
like these examples, God is always there when you come
to your wit's end and will rescue you when you turn to Him for
help. When your desperation brings you to this place, you
will find that God is there and you will discover that He is
smarter than you are. When you come to the end of yourself
and put your complete trust in Him, you are at the beginning
of God and at the edge of the miracle that He has planned for you. +++