Reliable Support

Posted on Aug 01 , 2014 in Hope & Words Of Jesus

Reliable Support

© By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 59:10,17

10 my God on whom I can rely.
17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
you, God, are my fortress,
my God on whom I can rely.

Where do you go when everything and everyone has failed you, when you are sitting alone in the dark with a big empty hole in your soul?

Your parents may have passed, your friends appear to have abandoned you, your children are living their own lives and can’t seem to find time for you. There is no one you can turn to…or so it seems.

Who do you go to for strength and help?

We have all faced times of emptiness and hopelessness. It is part of “the human condition.”

Wikipedia (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_condition) describes the Human Condition as:

The human condition encompasses the unique features of being human, particularly the ultimate concerns of human existence. It can be described as the unalterable part of humanity that is inherent and innate to human beings and not dependent on factors such as gender, race, culture, or class. It includes concerns such as the meaning of life, the search for gratification, the sense of curiosity, the inevitability of isolation, and the awareness of the inescapability of death. In essence, the human condition is the self-aware, and reflective nature of homo sapiens that allows for analysis of existential themes.

“Self-aware and reflective.”

It is in those moments of emptiness and hopelessness in our humanity where we seek something or someone greater than ourselves or our fellow human beings who are constrained by the same human condition we are. It is like being hit by a train.

Wikipedia goes on to say that “the existentialist psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom has identified what he refers to as the four “givens” or ultimate concerns of human existence – concerns with meaning, loneliness, freedom and mortality. Yalom argues with Sartre that man is “condemned to freedom”, and must face his ultimate aloneness, the lack of any unquestionable ground of meaning, and ultimate mortality.”

Does it come as any surprise that another human being such as Irvin D. Yalom reflects on aloneness, lack of any unquestionable ground of meaning or his own and all of our mortality?

Apparently Mr. Yalom has not met Jesus Christ.

Any non-believer in the salvation from the human condition given to us freely by God in the from of His son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and rose again to deliver us from it into an eternity free of humanity, truly knows what it’s like to be hit by a train when their self-awareness and complete mortality is sucked into their core being.

Does this mean believers are completely free from the human condition and its accompanying troubles? No, Jesus tells us they are not;

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NIV)

But take note in the most significant difference the believer has over the non-believer and the source of reliable support in times of darkness;

“But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus Christ is the bridge that spans the empty pit that is the human condition described, with the fortress of strength, hope, love, counsel, friendship, light, meaning and eternal life that is God.

When you find the utter reliability found in God’s support you have conquered the human condition fully and are no longer bound by its limitations and ultimate mortality!

Jesus Christ overcame the world and its conditions and limitations and on Him you can always rely. If you find yourself absolutely alone with no hope, Jesus invites you overcome the world through Him;

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

You are no longer alone.

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