I want to talk about a place mentioned in the Bible that most of us have visited at some time or another.You can read Psalm 107:23-28 from your Bible, but I want to focus on one verse.
Verse 27 says, They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wit's end.
At Wit's End. Has anyone ever visited there?
The American College Dictionary defines wit's end as the place where one's own power of knowing, thinking, or finding a solution has come to the end. At loss or perplexed.
These sailors in this text had done all they knew to do to weather the storm, but their own skills could not save them.
The text tells us the waves of the storm have carried them high into the heavens and also brought them down again unto the depths. It says their soul is melted because of the trouble.
Sometimes this roller coaster of life is like that. We go from high in the heavens to the depths of trouble, and sometimes it happens suddenly.
Wit's End: Most of us have been there at some time or another.
Verse 28 says, And then they cried unto the Lord.
Isn't it strange how many times we exhaust our strength before we call unto the Lord? We take matters into our own hands. We look for people who have clout. We look to all sorts of carnal means looking for that someone who has the answer to our problem. It seems that when we are at Wit's End, we will look 1 of 2 places for help: Either we will look to man or God.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm and
whose heart departeth from the Lord, For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness in a salt land and not inhabited.
7. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is, For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Now, that's a lot to take in. You may say, "Dave, are you saying we should never look to man: To doctors,
lawyers, counselors, etc.?"
No! I am saying we should look to God first. If you are going to the doctor, lawyer, or counselor, do it prayerfully. Be lead to the right one.
But...What are we to do when we are at Wit's End?
Make sure we have on the whole armour of God.
Ephesians 6:13-14 says, Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore.
First of all we must put on the whole armour of God: Our loins girded about with the Truth ( the Truth will hold you up, it will make you free), having on the breastplate of righteousness, our feet shod with the preparation of the
Gospel of Peace, above all the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation and Prayer.
Another example of what to do at Wit's End is in Exodus chapter 14.
When the children of Israel came down to the Red Sea, they were to:
Fear Not - Stand Still - Hold Their Peace - Move Foward . In other words, Wait for God's direction then go forward.
We can't operate in fear and faith at the same time. Set your heart to trust God and your head will follow.
Fear is faith in reverse.
Look at our opening text. They were reeling to and fro.
Stand Still! It's not good to keep jumping back and forth spiritually. Take a faith stand and STAND!
Hold Your Peace!
Don't speak out the words of fear that Satan is whispering in your ear.
Move Forward! Keep pressing toward the mark.
In 2 Chronicles Chapter 20 Jehoshaphat reached Wit's End.
Verse 12 says, For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us: Neither know we what to do: But our eyes are upon thee.
The scripture tells us Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord, called a fast, and God answered and said in verse 15, The battle is not yours but God's.
Verse 22 says When the people began to sing and praise, the Lord set the ambushments against their enemies.
Prayer and praise are good things to do when we are at Wit's End.
When you don't know what to do, do what you know to do.
You know, when we were children, and even as adults, it is always easier to do something we are afraid of or worried about if someone goes with us. Isn't it?
Isaiah 41:10 says, Fear not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness .
v. 11 Behold all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
Verse 13. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
I thought of when I was injured in an accident, how my Mom and Dad stood by and held my hand, and how much comfort it was to me.
But friend, I want you to know if you are at Wit's End, the Lord of Glory is reaching out his hand to you. He wants to help you. He will hold your hand through the ordeals of this life and lead you into the life to come,
if you will let Him.
Do you know him as your Savior and Helper?
Jesus said, Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
He is the way out of a place called Wit's End.
The men in our text did 2 things that turned their trouble around:
1. They realized their own skill and widsom was not enough to save them.
2. They cried unto the Lord in their trouble.
When you are at your Wit's End
and you don't know what to do
or which way to go,
look up and cry out to Jesus.