We are a Vulnerable People
Are you aware how precarious our daily existence is? How little we are in control of the events and circumstances around us? There is not much that we control, is there? If our skin is punctured, we leak. A small matter you say. True, yet every day of our lives we face destructive forces that are completely beyond our control. Night follows day in endless repetition, bringing with it events that we cannot control. Disease, accidents, setbacks, financial reverses, etc.
The Bible says that we have limited control at best, over time and that which happens to us. “Go to now ye that say today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” James 4:13-14. We are prisoners of time. The perplexing problem we all face is that we have such high expectations for a meaningful, purposeful life, yet we are constantly faced with our inability to fulfill these expectations. The normal venues used to find peace and fulfillment are avoidance, escapism and self-gratification.
Most people won’t admit it, but they adopt the slogan, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” We know there should be real happiness. A subtle determination takes over at this point. We determine that we will achieve our goals no matter what. Even here we discover that we cannot control ourselves, for we wind up being a slave to that which we determine will bring us happiness and satisfaction. The Bible rightly pinpoints the blame at our own door step. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: For God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But each man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” James 1:13,14. What a tragedy; we find ourselves bound by habits that again leave us unable to control what happens to us.
Is there nothing that we have control over? From a human standpoint the answer is no, but there is hope. The Bible says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” John 8:36. The Son, Jesus Christ, came to set man the captive free. A line from an old hymn explains what Jesus Christ did to set us free.
“I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel Cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.”
The curse referred to is our sin. Not only are we vulnerable people, in so far as the events surrounding us, but we are also separated from God. The Prophet Isaiah explains why. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear” Isaiah 59:2. There is only one way that your life can be different. Let God become a part of your everyday experience. The Bible clearly states that this forgiven, peaceful relationship is possible. ‘’Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1. Do you have this peace? It cost God the death of His Son on the Cross. God wants to give you a life worth living. Will you respond today to Christ’s offer? If you would like to, the following prayer may be used as a guide as you come to your heavenly Father in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father. I come to you confessing that I have sinned and broken Your laws. I am sorry for my sin, and believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for me and my sin. Please forgive me. I invite You into my life and give Jesus Christ the right to take control of the rest of my life. Please help me to be what You want me to be. Thank You for saving me and accepting me. I pray this in Jesus’ Name.”
WILL YOU TURN TO GOD TODAY?