November 6, 2011
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” Matthew 5:3 (The Message Bible)
Today’s scripture is the first message of the Beatitudes—a sermon Jesus preached to a crowd who gathered around him along a hillside in Galilee. In his great wisdom he used the metaphor of hanging on a rope. Imagine yourself clutching the end of a rope hanging over a deep canyon, and your strength is giving out. No one on top of the cliff can pull your weight to safety. The only way to keep from falling is to grab on to the hand of God.
I hope you never find yourself over a real canyon at the end of a rope, because I doubt if even God could save you from falling, but he would provide a soft place for you to land—in heaven.
Dear Lord, I pray that all when I’m at the end of my emotional and spiritual rope, you will be on the other end pulling closer to you. Amen.