Once, before going into battle, Alexander the Great began making elaborate preparations for a large military operation. He was so uncertain about the outcome of the battle that he gave away his possessions. One of his men, shocked and surprised, went to him in protest and said, “Sir, you are giving away everything you have!”
“Everything,” said Alexander, “but hope.”
Overwhelmed with sickness and facing death, David cried out, “My hope is in You! Save me from all my transgressions!” He realized that despite his vast wealth and power he was morally bankrupt and powerless over his life. He could do nothing to save himself.
But when David came to the end of all his possessions, he found himself at the beginning of what God had – the power to deliver and rescue him. “Save me,” he cried, “from all my transgressions.” His life must have passed before his eyes, frightened him into a sense of reality, and left him in a state of despair and hopelessness.
This verse contains one of life’s most important messages. David, and each one of us, need to be “saved from our transgressions.” Most of us recognize that fact. Knowing and facing that fact, however, is not enough. We must also accept the fact that life is beyond our control – not only our health but the number of days God will grant us. Like David, we must be prepared to face the certainty of death and the reality of judgment.
God used sickness, fear, and aging to get David’s attention. God uses different means at different times to get our attention. What’s God doing in your life today?
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your love and the many ways You use to reach us and get our attention. Open our hearts and minds to see and hear You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7
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