The Day of Desperation

Michael Beck

“Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.” (Psalm 69:1)

You don’t know the force of a storm until you’re in the midst of it. You can’t know the pain of fire until you’re touched by it. We may think we’ll stand when great storms and fiery trials are upon us, but only when they come do we realize how undone we are without Jesus. It is one thing to say that we are saved (past tense); but there is a real (present tense) rescuing we need when our weakness is revealed. It is no sin to say, “Lord, I can’t do this without You. I don’t have within myself the love, the patience, the strength I need!”

Today may be a very pleasant day in your life. You may be doing just fine and have need of very little. Perhaps you are prone to get upset at the person who is laboring and heavy laden with some hidden trial. Don’t judge them harshly for not “breaking through” to victory. Pray for them. They may be on their way. Tomorrow may be the day they gain the strength they need. And tomorrow may be the day you see your need for Jesus in a much greater way.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.