Jeremiah 37:3And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.

Meditation has a way of bring things to light that passing thoughts cannot grasp.

Knowing the Word of God can help greatly when our meditation and focus is to listen to God for guidance and instruction.

Each of us reaches times of desperation in our life – how do I know?

Ecclesiates 9:11I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

What we do and Who we turn to will determine whether or not we fall apart or fall on God.

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Whether it is financial difficulty, the sudden loss of a loved one, job loss, leadership collapse, relationship failures or deterioration of health, we all have faced some level of devastating news that is personal to us. Again:

What we do and Who we turn to will determine whether or not we fall apart or fall on God.

When the bad news comes and we belly up to the bar with the world, we are saying that “God is OK for Sunday, but when the hard times come, I need a stiff drink!” The Holy Spirit of God steps aside, heartbroken over the fact that He is not allowed to do His job as the Comforter.

We selfishly excuse it by saying, “I just need to escape life for awhile” and the world’s view of Jesus goes out the window with our worldly behavior.

How you and I handle devastating circumstances in our life can turn skeptics into believers or atheists. No one will deny that at face value, facing any situation with only the arm of the flesh to support and sustain you, we will fail. But, when you and I employ the grace of Almighty God and lean wholly on Him to see us through, we will see miraculous things.

Much of the news these past weeks has been over the tragic suicide of some very high profile people who took their lives. We view their situation and lust over the position, power and prosperity; wondering what could ever make them want to take their life?

When people are brought to such desperate decisions as taking their own life, their focus has become so narrow; their view and perspective so elite that their minds are convinced that the only way out of their predicament is to remove themselves from the equation.

Many famous and successful people are that way because they are loners. They have forsaken the way of popular opinion and marched to the beat of their own drum. They followed their dreams riding on the success or failure of the decisions they make. But what would cause that determination and vision to wither to such a state that it would be cast away?

A loss of hope.

When hope is gone, desperation sets in and the devil works overtime believing he is on the cusp of destroying yet another life. Without God, man does not have the power to overcome such oppression. The vision and perspective narrows to such a place that the only way out is death. Whatever consequences we may face on this earth, nothing could equal an eternity in Hell.

The deception of the devil to the lost is to remove all hope to the place that the only option left is to take our own life. For the saved person, the devil will call our knowledge of God into question.

“Does God really love me?”

“How could God ever forgive me for what I’ve done?”

“I made such a mess of things – there is no way out…”

Who we are in Christ can save us from any and all situation and circumstance. He promised.

Jeremiah 33:3Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

When I leave to God the answer; fully trusting that He knows best, I won’t come with false expectations or hope in something God never designed for me to have. As we close today, let Jesus’ words be our comfort:

John 16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

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