Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for him that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
The faith for desperate days.
The Bible is full of such days. Its record is made up of them, its songs are inspired by them, its prophecy is concerned with them, and its revelation has come through them.
The desperate days are the stepping-stones in the path of light. They seem to have been God’s opportunity and man’s school of wisdom.
There is a story of an Old Testament love feast in Psalm 107, and in every story of deliverance, the point of desperation gave God His chance. The “wit’s end” of desperation was the beginning of God’s power. Recall the promise of seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sands of the sea, to a couple as good as dead. Read again the story of the Red Sea and its deliverance, and of Jordan with its ark standing mid-stream. Study once more the prayers of Asa, Jehoshaphat, and Hezekiah, when they were sore pressed and knew not what to do. Go over the history of Nehemiah, Daniel, Hosea, and Habakkuk. Stand with awe in the darkness of Gethsemane, and linger by the grave in Joseph’s garden through those terrible days. Call the witnesses of the early Church, and ask the apostles the story of their desperate days.
Desperation is better than despair.
Faith did not make our desperate days. Its work is to sustain and solve them. The only alternative to a desperate faith is despair, and faith holds on and prevails.
There is no more heroic example of desperate faith than that of the three Hebrew children. The situation was desperate, but they answered bravely, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning, fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” I like that, “but if not !”
I have only space to mention Gethsemane. Ponder deeply its “Nevertheless.” “If it is possible…nevertheless!” Deep darkness had settled upon the soul of our Lord. Trust meant anguish unto blood and darkness to the descent of hell–Nevertheless! Nevertheless!!
Now get on your knees and in desperate faith cry out to God and tell Him all about your trials and troubles. I know you are hurting and seems like no one is listening. I have good news for you this morning. There is one whose ear is always opened and His hand is not short to save. He will never let you suffer and will plead your case.
Many are in a lost hope and in need of deliverance and I pray for you even at this very minute, and the moment that our God will hear our cry together and deliver us from this wicked, evil and corrupt world. I know like all you ever had is taken away, your child is sick, your mother or father is old and may be mistreated, no health insurance and you are stuck with the bills. Tell Him, talk to Him now and believe for your deliverance. Hallelujah (Someone that has a serious problem that the doctor told only a few weeks or months to live) God is your deliverer. Believe Him at His word. He will never leave you nor forsake you.