Spending Time at Our Wits’ End

witsend-featureThey reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. —Psalm 107:27–28

To be human is to spend some time at our “wits’ end,” perhaps reeling to and fro. Most of us have expended time and energy trying to find solutions to our various wits’-end dilemmas. Sometimes we use problem-solving skills that seem sensible to us, and in so doing we may see our circumstances change for the better. When that happens, we sigh with relief that yet another crisis has been averted.

But what if we can’t figure these things out on our own? What if, at our wits’ end, we feel lost in pain, confusion, desperation, and fear? Those are the kinds of emotions that drive us to “cry out to the Lord” in our trouble. To be at our wits’ end is, according to Webster’s, “to have [our] back against the wall.”

The good news is, when our backs are against the wall—He is there. God is always at our wits’ end. How do we know? Because God is wherever we are. Wherever we may wander, in foolishness or fear, God does not leave us.

That astounding truth is accompanied by yet another astounding truth found in our scriptural theme passage, Psalm 107:27–28: when we cry out to the Lord, He brings us out of our distresses. Why does God do that? The answer is repeatedly stated throughout the entire chapter of Psalm 118.

He does it because “His love endures forever” (niv). In spite of our mindless wandering that may produce wits’-end dilemmas, “His love endures forever.”

 

From Daily Gifts of Grace © 2012 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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