For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. – Romans 5:6 NASB
What does it mean to be “helpless”? Paul used a Greek word that means not having any strength or abilities, feeling totally overwhelmed, powerless, and weak. This was our condition when Jesus came into this world. But He came to save helpless people who cannot save themselves.
Throughout our lives, we remain helpless. How easily we can trust in our own resources and abilities. But the experiences of life help us remember that conditions can change in the blink of an eye.
The Bible reminds us that we are strongest when we completely depend upon God. As Paul wrote, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). When we realize that we are helpless in ourselves, when we trust in Him for everything, and when we draw on His power and unlimited resources, then are we made strong.
How can we begin to understand a love like this? It is completely contrary to human nature. For God reached out to us even when we did not deserve His help.
Today, remember that “by grace you have been saved through faith”; this is God’s free gift (Ephesians 2:8). His “grace is sufficient” for His “power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB). You “can do all things through Him who strengthens [you]” (Philippians 4:13).
Trust in Him. Have faith. Declare His promises to be true in your life. Depend on Him, and draw on His strength.
PrayerFather, thank You for being faithful and providing for all my needs. Thank You for Your abundance and blessings. I will trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingRomans 5