“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me… What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:21-24)
In this world, on this side of eternity, life is difficult and draining. Every failure creates conflicting feelings that are hollow and heavy. Daily, we are:
- shamed by sins
- ensnared by passions
- enslaved by fears
- burdened by cares
- entangled by vanities
- surrounded by errors
- worn out by labors
- oppressed by temptations
- weakened by pleasures
- tortured by want**
In light of all that we are facing, who will rescue us? Where can find deliverance? Where do we look to find the essential help we desperately need?
“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25)
Salvation isn’t a gift that begins the moment we die. That would be gift enough, but there is more. Salvation is also help for the problems we face today. In Jesus we can rely on God’s strength. There are many situations and circumstances beyond our control that threaten to overwhelm us. We are drowning, sinking fast beneath the waters, and we need help.
We cannot WILL IT or WISH IT all away. The strongest among us do not have enough strength. We cannot sustain a lifelong push against the impurities of the world and in our own hearts.
We can only trust Jesus.
The one who saves us, today and every day into eternity.
**This list is adapted from “The imitation of Christ,” by Tomas A Kempis (chapter 48).