The lie drives you to the precipice of despair. Hopelessness. It whispers to you: "This is it; the end of the line. It's all pointless." Every single day, people buy into this lie. The proof is in the headlines. A kid gets a gun and kills kids. A celebrity takes her own life.
Have you ever been there? I have. I've reached that point where I've questioned whether there was any point to going any further. I convinced myself that it was me, but I could hear the lie beckoning. Give up. It's hopeless.
I was living in Birmingham, Michigan. Early one morning in 1992, I reached the end of my rope, which was quickly becoming a noose. Although, I prayed the Christian's Prayer as a young child, I quickly fell away from my faith. Everything I had hoped for, everything I had planned for my life had amounted to nothing. I was faced with the net result of a lifetime of bad choices and a life that was lived only for me.
I heard the lie. It was uttered by the liar of liars. He said, "Give up." For just a second, I considered it. Perhaps the lie was true. Maybe the world would be a better place without me.
At that moment something happened. It was as if my soul had become a battleground. You might call it spiritual warfare. Whatever it was, I knew that I was staring at Evil, face to face. And yet, Good was with me.
In that split second, I chose Good. I prayed, " Father, I have made a complete mess of my life. I'm sorry. I give it all back to you. Please take control of my life. I surrender it all to You."
Immediately, a sense of peace enveloped me. And in a way, it was as if my life had begun at that moment. It was like starting over. God picked me up, dusted me off, and put me back on His path.
No matter what has happened to you, or will happen to you, God is there. No matter what you've done or will do, He loves you. He proved it two thousand years ago. In return, He wants one simple thing from you. He wants faith.
You might view it as blind faith. I prefer to look at the evidentiary record of my life and conclude that it's true. He has provided for me, He has protected me, and He has preserved me. He will do the same for you.
Reach out to Him in faith. He will not fail you. Certainly, His timing may be different than yours. But the end result will delight you. In our world of murder, suicide and hopelessness, He is a beacon, just waiting to guide you home.
You don't have to take my word for it. Read His Words- the Holy Bible. You will find story after story that describe insurmountable odds and apparently hopeless situations. His people always prevail. We do it because He is real. And He is always there for us.
Don't buy into the lie. You have a choice. Accept His truth.