Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope? Good. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, or at least, that’s the way God says it’s going to be.
This week’s parsha is Ha’azinu and it’s found in Deuteronomy, chapter 32. It’s also known as the Song of Moses. These words are the last set of instructions Moses gives to Israel before he blesses all the tribes.He tells Israel that they have been chosen from all the nations, that they were found in the desert and God cared for them. God has and will bless Israel and make them prosperous. But with this prosperity comes a warning.
Moses tells them that after a while they are going to become lazy because they are used to being blessed, and God will not want to deal with them anymore. Then, they will be sent disaster, disease, terror, and sword because of their forgetting all God has done for them.
Israel will be at the end of their rope, and then, Moses says something crazy is going to happen. God is going to rescue them. God will see that their strength is gone, and there is no one left, and He will take them and shelter them.
Paul talks about being at the end of his rope in 2 Corinthians 1. He says
“We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.” (2 Cor. 1:8-10)
Just because we are chosen by God does not mean that we won’t get to the end of our rope. And just because we’re at the end of our rope doesn’t mean God does not care. Rather, sometimes He wants us to get to the end of our rope so we can only rely on Him. God always loves us and rescues us.
So, if you’re getting to the end of your rope, and we all do, remember: everyone does, you’re not in this alone, God loves you and is your Rock and shelter.