By: Danny Wallace
Too often, we would rather cling to our logic than fall into the arms of God’s finished promise. Man drowns in the illusion of hopelessness because the complexity of human logic is no match for the simplicity of God’s miraculous promise and power.
The lost man reasons that God cares nothing for him. He has formed this idea from the many legalistic beatings he has endured at the hands of religion’s anger. The Christian has come to rely on his own teachings, ministries, and gifts, believing that such miracles are reserved for special occasions and for those favored children of God whose lives are worthy of love and attention. The result is that nothing happens for the unbeliever or the man who believes in the power of his own righteousness. At this point hopelessness sets in.
In Luke 8:49 we are told of a marvelous miracle. A ruler from the synagogue’s house came to Jesus saying, “Master, my daughter is dead.”
The ruler’s daughter was dead and the Lord was on the way to raise her. But there was no chance now, for she was dead; therefore, “Do not trouble the Master,” is what the man was told. When Jesus heard this He answered him, saying, “Fear not; believe only, and she will be made whole again.” What ridiculous words in the face of death!
When Jesus came into the ruler’s house he didn’t let anyone go in with Him but Peter, James, John, and the father and mother of the little girl. They all wept, but Jesus said, “Do not cry; she is not dead, she is just sleeping.”
At this point they all laughed Jesus to scorn, knowing full well that she was dead. However, the Christian’s definition of death is “a koimeterion. When you translate that to English it means; “a cemetery.” That’s what Papa calls our death. We are sleeping until the great awakening of the Lord. Likewise, when Jesus spoke of a raising from the dead in Matthew 22:29 He said, “You are greatly mistaken, and you do not understand the scriptures, neither do you understand the power of God.”
Obviously not, because Jesus put them all out of the house and took the girl by the hand saying, “Child, get up.” As soon as Jesus spoke these words her spirit came into her again and she was resurrected from the dead. To show His true and tender heart Jesus immediately told them to give her something to eat. I’m thinking a big steak would sound just fine to me if I had just come back from the dead! Her parents were amazed and astonished.
In the face of hopelessness, Jesus brings to us victory and life. In His loving presence we encounter triumph and glory! There is no end to the wonders of our sweet Lord. In situations of far less gravity we submit to our fears and plunge into a sea of hopelessness. In this place of despair we laugh our Lord to scorn saying, “My situation is hopeless, too far gone, even for You.
The enemy comes in like a flood to reinforce this lie with feelings of despair and discouragement. He shouts in our faces, “Give up!” He tells us there is no place left to turn and that no comfort, no strength, and NO life are left for us. He declares that our situation is indeed, “hopeless.”
I leave you with these words that Jesus spoke from His “Sermon on the Mount.”
“There was a house that had been built upon the sand. There was another house built upon the rock. And the winds blew, and the rains fell, and the flood rose, and they beat down on both of those houses. The house built upon the sinking sands of unbelief and belief in the righteousness of self came crashing down. Only the house that was built upon the solid promises of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was left standing tall and strong.“
A young man whom I dearly love called me out of the blue not long ago. He has been through some very troubled times. Many would say he has brought this misery on himself and many would judge him harshly. Like the prodigal son, he had come home for help and healing, yet his heart was still heavy burdened, and he was feeling very far away from God.
When I heard his voice I was immediately full of great joy. For you see, I truly love this young man. He came to me for counseling a few years ago and the moment I met him I knew he was a young man of great destiny. He said to me, “Danny, I am in a very bad place. I feel so disconnected from God.”
So I spent the next forty-five minutes or so speaking over this young man what I see in him, and likewise, what our Papa sees in him. I told him of his greatness and the incredible opportunity his journey has afforded him. I told him that he is not the sum total of his mistakes; he is the son of his Father’s destiny. I told him that he is a great man, and I did not lie, for He most certainly is.
We ended that call planning to meet again soon, even though we live some seven hours apart. Though he has a wonderful father, whom I also dearly love, I told this young man how proud I would have been to be his father. I assured him that nowhere he has walked, and nothing he could have done, would ever change my love and pride in him. I told him that Papa does not see him the way the enemy is hoping he will see himself in this moment of hopelessness. Papa sees in him a beautiful young man of priceless destiny.
I don’t know where you are today, but I can tell you that the land of hopelessness does not exist. It is an illusion – a lie – a faux design of the enemy’s own making. Though death itself may lay hold of you I tell you, “It is not too late.”
Get up from this illusion of hopelessness. You, my child, are merely sleeping.