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Coming To The End of Our Own Abilities

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. Psalms 145:19 (NKJV)

I recently watched a show called, “Locked up abroad.”  It is about American citizens who have been thrown in jail in foreign countries.  In this particular episode a man by the name of Erik Aude was arrested at the airport in Pakistan for having drugs in his possession.  Erik, who had innocently thought he was bringing back imported leather goods, had been deceived and used by a friend to smuggle drugs back to America. 

Erik repeatedly proclaimed his innocence but to no avail and he was tortured for 3 days and then told if he would simply confess to the crime the beatings would stop.  Erik would not confess to something he was not guilty of and so they took him to prison where the guards again beat him for a prolonged period and placed him on death row. 

After a couple of years in prison one of the supervising guards, who was renowned for torturing and killing inmates, came into Erik’s cell to beat him, but found himself being beat as Erik defended himself.  Erik knew he would probably be killed for striking the guard and so he said there were only two things he could do, “prepare and pray.”  He said, “I’ve never really been religious, but I just said, ‘God if you could get me out of this, it would be pretty cool.”

When the lead guard returned with the other guards they began to beat and torture Erik mercilessly.  Erik said at this point he didn’t have anything left in him and he had resolved in his mind he was going to die.  Just then the prison supervisor came in and asked what was going on.  The lead guard lied and told him they had found drugs on Erik and that he had attacked them.  Erik spoke up and told him, “They’re lying.”  He then proceeded to tell the supervisor what had happened.  The lead guard was fired instantly and the supervisor told Erik, “As long as I’m hear you will be left alone.”

The man responsible for stashing the drugs was arrested and he made a written confession, admitting Erik had no knowledge of the drugs.  With this letter and the hard work of many people Erik was released and sent home.  He later said, “When I went into prison, I went in being the most hated, and when I left, I left being the most respected.” 

Erik had held on to his core values for the truth, and he would face life-threatening persecution as a result.  He tried to fight in pride, but finally came to the end of his own abilities, and it was here where he called on the One whom he knew his only hope was in.  God sent someone to intercede for Erik and to watch over and care for him. 

As I thought about this, I realized this principle is the same for every one of us as Christian men and women.  We can hold on to what we know to be true and potentially be persecuted, or we can concede to the lies of the enemy and possibly live without this persecution.  We can attempt to fight off the enemy in our pride, or we can humbly seek the protection of the One who can save us.  We have been given a promise; God loves us, and He has told us He will watch over us and never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb. 13:6). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 145:19 what confidence do we have as God’s children. 

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to hold on to the truth and persevere in God’s strength no matter what you may face?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to remember God is always in control no matter what we may be facing.  If we humble ourselves and turn from any wickedness and earnestly seek Him He will hear our cries for help. 

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for watching over us and for protecting us.  Lord we trust in You and we want to please You today in our actions and in our attitudes.  Help us to hear Your voice as You lead and guide us in truth.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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