Moses and Aaron turned away from the people and went to the entrance of the Tabernacle, where they fell face down on the ground. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to them,”Numbers 20:6 NLT
This Scripture passage reminds me of what God does when we come to the end of our strength. Moses and Aaron were at the end of their strength. Their sister Miriam had just died; the people were exhausted and complaining. They were in pretty rough shape. But instead of taking matters into their own hands they turned away from their circumstances and went into the Tabernacle and fell facedown on the ground. They came to the end of their strength and depended solely upon God.
The Bible says that THEN the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to them. Check out Acts 3:19-20:
Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.”
I love the connection of these two verses. As we come to the end our strength God is faithful to meet us, minister to us, fill us, and lead us. I used to be afraid of showing weakness to people. I’ve always been Captain America in my sphere of influence. Whether it was academics, sports or relationships – I never liked to show vulnerability. But as I have matured as a man, I’ve realized that its actually true strength to admit when you’re down and weak. I thank God I don’t have to be strong all the time. I am thankful that He desires for me to come to Him in my weakness. I thank God for the hope in His word that says:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV
We have to be a repentant people. We must depend on our Heavenly Father. He longs to be with us; to commune with us. He will come like the dawn when we come to the end of our rope. We must come to the end of our strength and let His strong and loving arms embace us. Or will we stubbornly keep doing things our way? Keep thinking our way? Keep living our way? Whether I am right or wrong. Whether I have received justice or am a victim of injustice, it does not matter. What matters is what I do with what I have.
We have to give Jesus what we have – the negative thoughts, the fears, the lies, the addiction and repent. Once we do that we need to trust God that His presence will come and revive our souls. Here is a prayer that I pray nearly every morning from a prayer book a friend gave me.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.