I’ve had an old DCTalk song stuck in my head this week. For those of you who don’t know of DCTalk, they were a Christian pop/rap group in the 80’s and 90’s. One of their members is my all-time favorite artist, Tobymac. The song that was stuck in my head is one of their later songs titled, “Since I Met You.” And the part of this song that I find myself singing is the bridge, which says:
Was at the end of my rope, I had no where to go
Was at the end of my rope, I had nothing to show
Until the day that I turned to You, Was at the end of my rope…
I think the reason this song has been in my head is because I’ve talked to so many people who say they are just done with this pandemic stuff. They seem to be at the end of their rope. And I know, in one way or another, this is true for all of us. I think we would all like to have things back to where they were or at least be able to move forward to a new normal.
And I know many of us are wondering if or when we’re going to see light at the end of the tunnel. As I was processing these thoughts, I was reminded of the Israelites, when they were fleeing Egypt and found themselves in an impossible situation.
On one side of them was the massive Red Sea and the other side of them was Pharaoh and his army. There was nowhere for them to go—they were at the end of their rope. But Moses turned to the Lord. And God made possible the impossible and He delivered them.
God is our deliverer and He wants us to turn to Him, so that He can be our deliverer. (It’s important that we remember God has delivered us, He will deliver us, and He will continue to deliver us.) In a devotion I read by Rick Warren, he talked about three kinds of deliverance we experience in our lives:
1. Circumstantial Deliverance – Sometimes God performs miracles in our lives that change the circumstances around us, like He did when He split the Red Sea for the Israelites. Are we praying and trusting in God for miracles?
2. Personal Deliverance – Sometimes, instead of changing the circumstances around us, God actually changes our hearts. He gives us the hope of a new vision, a new attitude, and a new perspective. Are we allowing God access to our heart? Are we allowing Him to change us from the inside out?
3. Eternal Deliverance – God has not promised to remove all of our pain in this world or to solve all of our momentary problems. We live in a fallen, broken world where we will experience pain, sorrow, and suffering. But His ultimate deliverance awaits us in Heaven, where there will be no more pain, sorrow, or suffering. Do we trust in the Lord and the eternal hope that He brings to our lives?
I love how the lyrics of this song say, “Was at the end of my rope, I had nothing to show. UNTIL the day that I turned to you.” If we are at the end of our rope, we need to make sure we are turning to the Lord and allowing Him to be our deliverer.