Recently I saw a man walking back and forth in a parking lot hoping to catch a ride. I am going to call him “Bob”. Bob asked me if I was headed towards a specific area and I told him no. There were a number of reasons why I should not take on this passenger: he had been drinking, the area was out of my way and he was a stranger to me. I should probably also mention his general appearance left a little to be desired. Before I got to my vehicle the inner voice was compelling me to turn around and give the man a lift.
On our way Bob proceeded to tell me his life story: I am not sure if this was driven by the alcohol or a desire to share his plight with someone who would listen. I heard about the drinking problems, paying alimony for children born out of wedlock and seeing/dating a woman married to another man. Satan had taken Bob down a road so far that the only possible outcome appeared to be more pain.
At this real, or perceived, rock bottom Bob now wants to see if God can help. Let me say first of all that God is in the healing business and on this side of eternity it is never too late to seek God’s face. I will say however that faith in God is not merely another thing to try; it is the only way to true peace.
At the end of the ride I asked Bob if it would be alright if I prayed for him before he left. He quickly agreed and happily bowed his head. After prayer, and a few more stories, Bob left the car and I went on my way.
Prov. 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Solomon was trying to tell us that our master plan for life will fail. I’d say Bob would likely agree with that conclusion.
When we do it “my way” as a famous singer used to sing, we make choices based upon our own self interests. Be fair with me here: have you not worked hard before and at the end stepped back and felt really good about what you had accomplished? Perhaps you went to a neighbor’s house, worked really hard and at the end you felt an immense sense of satisfaction. This type of work is not self-serving at all. A life comprised of self-promotion and self-centeredness will take you down a path of destruction. It sounds good, it might even start well but it ends badly.
Bob had a plan… I am going to try God out. Bob had some childhood memories of church to draw from so he set out to practice what he knew. Here is where we run into trouble. We think because we got ourselves into this mess we must get ourselves out. This is a very bad plan. Our scripture text comes into play again here; we cannot trust man’s way.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
If we can come to grips with the fact that we cannot work our way out of the mess we are in we have taken a huge step forward. Now it is time to get some good advice… Psa 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
Yes, God has to bring us to a screeching halt but then He is there to build us up again.
In review: item number one, we can’t fix ourselves. Item number two: if we will confess our sin God will forgive us. While this sounds simple it has been my observation that people think they need to work off their sin or in some cases believe their deeds are too evil for God to forgive.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Notice the second to last word “all”; God can forgive anything.
Bob, I am trusting God makes a way to put this article into your hands. This is your answer, and not only for you, but anyone who’s sins have dragged them down into a very dark place.
In a nutshell God wants us to surrender our “man’s way” to Him and by faith trust Him to show us the good way.
We must understand that we are sinners.
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Our sins will destroy us.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;
Jesus paid for our sin.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
By faith we must confess.
Rom 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
But what comes next?
It all starts with surrender. If you humble yourself in God’s sight, confess your sin and surrender to Jesus He will instruct you from there. You only need to focus on surrender. Let go, God will catch you.