Spiritual Desperation

There is a level of desperation in the true believe in Jesus Christ. He or she does not approach life the same as one who does not believe in Jesus Christ, or even one who says he does but is still unregenerate. We approach life as a desperate battle for righteousness and the pleasure of God. It goes like this:

 

  • We learn a portion of Scripture
  • It holds up for us a level of righteousness that we must obtain.
  • It also reminds us of that impossibility of obtaining it.
  • It then reminds us of our profound, and desperate, need for Jesus Christ.

 

That is the life of the true believer. The vanity of living a life of superficial commitment to a Jesus that only appears on Sundays or during times of distress is simply not enough. We are driven to daily, hourly, desperation…and gladly so. That is the paradox.

2 Corinthians 1:3–11

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

4  who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

5  For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

6  But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;

7  and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

9  indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

10  who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

11  you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

And,

 

1 Peter 4:18–19

18  And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?

19  Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

 

The pursuit of the kingdom does not always make this life better. However, it ensures for us a far better life to come. This pursuit, the relentless drive away from sin and toward righteousness with all of its trouble, is not over until we are taken to the heavenly kingdom. And with that hope, we endure – with joy.

Therefore, endure! Look forward to your meeting with Jesus Christ, the Father, and the Spirit, in that day that, without shame, you will see Him as He is and stand in His presence. No trial, failure, weakness, or debilitation in this life can compare.

Matthew 5:3–6

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.