“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” John 21:18 [ESV]

I saw an old man today, who not half a year before, was one of the most independent men I ever knew. Despite being merely a few years shy of a centennial, he always wanted to rely on his own strength to go about his daily business. Yet, today he was lying in bed, too weak to even feed himself and had to rely on the help of others.

This is certainly something to think about, isn’t it? No matter how much we want to rely on ourselves, our natural strength will fail us. No matter how much we think our efforts will set ourselves up for a good life in the future, King Solomon reminds us,

“And I hated everything I’d accomplished and accumulated on this earth. I can’t take it with me—no, I have to leave it to whoever comes after me. Whether they’re worthy or worthless—and who’s to tell?—they’ll take over the earthly results of my intense thinking and hard work.” Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 [MSG]

No wonder then the prophet Jeremiah says,

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.” Jeremiah 17:5-6

Indeed, without our Father’s streams and supply of rain, our lives will become one parched and lifeless desert. No wonder then such poetry was inspired,

“You saw the fields laid bare and wasted
And weary Winter coming fast,
And cosy here, beneath the blast,
You thought to dwell,
Until crash! the cruel plow passed
Right through your cell.

But Mousie, you are not alone
In proving that foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes (plans) of mice and men
Go oft astray (oft go awry)
And leave us nothing but grief and pain
Instead of promised joy!” Robert Burns, To a Mouse
No matter how well we plan, no matter how comprehensive our preparation, without our Father’s protection and favor, all will come to naught. Instead,

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

For “What’s the point of working your fingers to the bone if you hand over what you worked for to someone who never lifted a finger for it?” (Ecclesiastes 2:21 [MSG]) “So what do you get from a life of hard labor? Pain and grief from dawn to dusk. Never a decent night’s rest.” (Ecclesiastes 2:22 [MSG])

But beloved, for us who put our trust in our Father, for us who have been made right with God by Jesus on the cross, Solomon realized that our lives are not meaningless, neither is it filled with stress,

“For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and heaping up, that he may give to one who pleases God....” Ecclesiastes 2:26 [AMPC]

Beloved, our feeble minds can never fully fathom the depths of our Father’s love for us. Yet, His love for us is as real as our doubts of Him. We, who put our trust in Him, are His treasured and cherished and He never wills for us to be anything other than blessed. So to put our faith in our own strength, abilities, success and achievements is pointless, and especially more so if you are an atheist, because “Whether we feast or fast, it’s up to God.” Ecclesiastes 2:25 [MSG]
My friend, whether or not you believe in God, you know that there is a higher power. Economics acknowledges that there can never be a perfect system because perfect systems are built upon perfect knowledge, which no one has. Even the very definition of empirical mathematical probability, or chance, acknowledges that man cannot control all variables.

That is why Jesus is standing at the door of your heart right now, telling you that,

“He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

It is pointless to trust in your own strength. Instead put your trust in Jesus because,

“He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.” Psalm 103:3-5 [MSG]

And if you would heed His call right now, put your trust in Him and let Him be the sure foundation of your life, then say this to Him right now.

“Jesus, thank You for reaching out to me today. Thank You for reaching me in my time of doubt and need. I acknowledge my weaknesses. I acknowledge that I cannot. But I have every confidence that You can. And I know now that You will because even before I knew I needed it, You went to the cross for me, died for my sins so that I can be free of sin’s bonds, bled on the cross so that I can be justifiably and righteously pardoned of all my wrongdoing, rose from the dead so that I too can be risen to a new life in You. I no longer trust in my feeble body but put my trust in You to guide and provide for all things in my future. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, putting your life in Jesus’ hands is the best thing you could ever do for yourself. It is the best plan and the most comprehensive solution for any challenge in your life. Because in the end, remember, when we put our trust in our Father,

“God makes everything come out right” Psalm 103:6 [MSG]

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