top of page

Vital signs- Saturday, June 17th, 2023


“Then he became very thirsty; so he cried out to the Lord and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?” So God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out, and he drank; and his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore he called its name En Hakkore, which is in Lehi to this day. And he judged Israel twenty years in the days of the Philistines.”

‭‭Judges‬ ‭15‬:‭18‬-‭20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Have you ever played so hard that you physically had nothing left in the tank?

Sometimes you collapse on the bench press of your life: weakened, worn out, completely exhausted. But even if you’re already maxed out, there’s no guarantee more stress isn’t still coming. Do you ever feel like that? Like that constant weight of responsibility is always there? That you always have to be there for your family and your friends? Believe me, I know just how that feels.

You don’t want to let anybody down. Month after month, there are always going to be more bills that need to get paid. You want to be a good provider. You want to make your parents proud. You want to be strong for everybody. Do you ever feel like you’re the glue holding everyone else’s lives together? Then is it really any wonder you’re so exhausted?

Of course, if you’re like most guys, you’ll never ask for help. You just keep adding more and more weight to that bar, again and again. You keep lifting it, too, but you’re sore. It hurts, but you don’t tell anybody. Sometimes you even wonder why you’re carrying all this weight for all these other people. It’s easy to start slipping into a negative mindset. Do you ever feel alone? Depressed? Defeated?

We’ll see all of these things in the desperation in Samson’s voice today. He took pride in being self-sufficient and never needing anyone’s help. He didn’t want to reveal his weaknesses to others, which made it hard for him to admit to himself that he actually really needed God.

Many of us slip into that same mode when we start feeling overwhelmed. We may not say it out loud, but what our actions are communicating to others is: “I’m not letting you in. I won’t share what’s going on with me. Besides, even if I tried, you wouldn’t understand.”

That’s why we refuse to ask for directions! We don’t want to have to tell anyone we need help! I’m convinced the reason we do this is that most of us want to be the hero, the main character, the center of the story that we’re telling about ourselves. We want to make everything about us…instead of about God.

But here’s a truth you can grab hold of today: If you’ll let your need drive you to God, God will meet your deepest needs. His Spirit will always lead us to confession, to changing direction, to realigning with his Word, to a fresh start, to grace. Admit it. You need him. Tell him so. You may be surprised how he responds.


“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭32‬-‭33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


Team Wade loves you and is praying for you ❤️👊

13 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Vital signs- Wednesday April 24th, 2023

“We don’t read the Bible; the Bible reads us”! I wonder if this is how you approached the Scriptures today? As we read the Scriptures, they read us. As we read, the Holy Spirit speaks, convicts, and e

Vital signs- Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Theres a 4WD with license plate that reads "WASN’T ME". I would never park next to it! I’m too afraid that if he damaged my truck he’d never accept responsibility. The license plate is pre-emptive pro

Vital signs- Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Vital signs What are you tempted to put above Jesus in your life? Angels have never been on the list for me! For first century Jews, however, angels were a much bigger deal. Angels were seen as agents

Comments


bottom of page