Help for the Hopeless

Matthew 15:30-31
And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Indeed, they are hopeless causes—lame, blind, dumb, maimed. There was no cure for these people, no medicine to make them well again, to make them see or speak or walk. They were a multitude of people with a multitude of problems, brought by others who cast them at Jesus’ feet, as if to say, “Here is a lost cause. Maybe you can do something for them.” Of course, He could do something, for nothing is impossible for Him. Nothing is beyond His repair. And He did heal them and brought them new hope, but He also brought glory to the Father. By healing their physical ailments, their hearts were open to God’s spiritual working in their hearts.

Whatever we may have in our lives that seems like a hopeless cause, let’s bring it to Jesus and cast it at His feet. We have nothing to lose by bringing our burdens to Him, for no one else could offer any cure for what ails us. There is no circumstance in our lives beyond the reach of His mercy. There is no problem for which He cannot offer us a solution. There is no sin He will not forgive. So let’s bring these things to Him, an offering of sorts, simply in recognition that we need His hand upon them.

The multitudes recognized that God’s power was at work through Jesus, and they gave Him the glory. So when we experience the touch of God on our lives personally or witness it in the life of someone near and dear to us, let’s not neglect to bring Him also an offering of praise. Let’s remember to give Him the glory and the thanks for the blessings He bestows upon us and rejoice in His mercy toward us.

Sometimes the burdens of life can overwhelm us, whether they be physical, spiritual or emotional issues. But when we allow Jesus to work in those things, He can open up our hearts to truths about Himself. We learn about who He is and how He works and what He can do. And when we learn those kinds of lessons, it strengthens us for whatever we will face next. Our lives are a journey, a process, and if we keep taking steps toward our Savior, we can grow in significant ways and experience many amazing things at His feet.

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