November 15 – When You’re at Your Wits’ End


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In Psalms 107:23-31, the writer describes the trouble of a great storm.  Those that go down to the sea in their ships are subject to the volatility of the waters.  The psalmist describes the waves as rising up to the heavens, and then descending down into the lowest depths.  Those who are on the vessels in such a tempest experience “the melting of the soul” and the “staggering like a drunk man.”  In verse twenty-seven of that passage it says, “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.”

I can see these sailors in this passage, not only because the psalmist eloquently describes their scenario, but rather because I have been on those same ships, in those same storms.  I, too, have been tossed to and fro, staggered about, and driven to my wits’ end.

The storm has the power to do that to us.  It leaves us at the mercy of its strength.  It overcomes and overwhelms us to the degree where we literally have nowhere else to turn.  Being at your wits’ end means running out of resources, ability, and power.  It means doing all you know to do, and exhausting all you have.  That is when the psalmist cries to the Lord; and that is when the Lord calms to storm.

When you are at your wit’s end, God is on the other end calming the waves and the wind.  God calms the storm and then calms you.

Daily Reading: Acts 7-8

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