Moments Of Great Despair

June 4, 1998
by Donald Bartow

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.

Martin Luther is considered one of the greatest Christians. He has influenced millions to trust the Lord and to believe in Him. Yet, Luther had moments of great despair.

He wrote one time that for more than a week, "I was close to the gates of death and the gates of hell. I trembled in all my members. Christ was wholly lost. I was shaken by desperation and blasphemy of God."

If this could happen to a person of his stature, what about you and me? But God did not cast him aside. The Holy Spirit came to strengthen and to help him through this period.

I challenge you to really trust the Lord today. I also challenge you to accept the fact that, though it is hard for you to trust the Lord, He will honour even a grain of trust. He knows the inner thoughts of your heart and even when outwardly you are disturbed, He knows you have placed your confidence in Him.

You have prayed for yourself and others. Now complete the pattern of prayer by leaving the results of your ministry of prayer in the hand of the Lord.

Prayer: All that I have or ever will accomplish is in Your hands, Father. Help me to trust You for the fruit. Amen.

(From The Ministry of the Master ©1986 by Donald Bartow. Used by permission.)

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Donald Bartow <don@totallivingcenter.org>
Canton, Ohio, USA

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