Thursday, October 29, 2020

When No One Can Help - Martin Wiles

This man lived in the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain. Mark 5:3 NLT

The dark cloud hovered low, refusing to budge.

With one short announcement—“I don’t love you anymore”—John’s world crashed. A twenty-year relationship dissolved before his eyes, and he was powerless to change it. Not long after his wife left him and his two children, his daughter graduated high school and left for college. Two years later, his son decided he wanted to live with his mom. John found himself all alone in the world.

John survived by going to work and picking up an old addiction. His doctor prescribed pills for depression. Close friends and family members tried to help him, but he couldn’t see his way out from under the dark cloud. Some of his “so-called” friends abandoned him. Never called. Never texted. Perhaps they thought John’s problems would soil their reputation. Maybe they just didn’t have time to listen.

Although some tried to help John through his life tragedy, none could. John found himself in the same predicament as Legion did. Jesus encountered this demon-possessed man in the region of the Gerasenes. He lived among the tombs. People had tried to help him by restraining him, but nothing worked. The demons inside of him snapped the chains as if they didn’t exist. He lived among the tombs and self-inflicted harm on himself.

No one could help Legion … but Jesus. And He did. He sent the demons into a herd of pigs, and then told Legion to go home and tell his family what God had done for him.

Life can deliver some horrendous blows, as John and Legion discovered. Others can offer limited help … if they will … but only God can completely solve our dilemmas. God always cares about what we’re going through. After all, He either brought the situation or filtered it through His hands.

When we experience our dark moments, God lingers nearby through the presence of His Spirit. He knows what we need, when we need it, and in what form. Just as Jesus had the power to deliver Legion from his sad state, so God has the power to deliver us. He walks with us through our dark valleys and storms, and, at just the right moment, will deliver us.

When no one else can help you, remember God always can … and waits for you to ask Him to.

Prayer: Father, when no one else can help us, remind us You can … and want to.

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