Powerless…

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Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34 is attributed to King David, who was a man of great power and authority in his lifetime. Yet there were many times when all his power and authority amounted to very little. It’s in those times that David put his trust in the Lord, for there was nowhere else to turn.

I was visiting with a dear friend yesterday as she was accompanying her husband in the hospital for multiple ailments. Our verse this morning reminded me of her. She’s a delightful person under any normal circumstance, but yesterday she was “brokenhearted” and fearful for her husband’s health. We talked together and then we prayed together. Because in situations like that, it’s all we can do.

As 21st century people living in a land of relative prosperity, it’s easy to convince ourselves that we are in control. We plan, we work, we manage. And for a while we might even believe we hold the future in our own hands. Then life comes along and reveals a sobering truth…

We don’t control squat.

Heavenly Father, we like to think we can manage our world and shape it to our will. And I suppose in some smaller ways we can. But then reality hits. Tragedy. Illness. Loss. And our impotence is revealed in breathtaking fashion. Come alongside the brokenhearted today, O God. Give us grace to embrace the truth of our weakness and your great power. We place our trust in you, dear Lord, for where else can we turn? It’s in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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