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The End or the Beginning

Diane Houghtaling
Posted 7/22/22

Have you ever reached your limit and said, “That’s it. I’m done. I cannot go another step?” We’ve all been there, probably in many different areas of our lives. We see …

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Hope for the Day

The End or the Beginning


Have you ever reached your limit and said, “That’s it. I’m done. I cannot go another step?” We’ve all been there, probably in many different areas of our lives. We see the limits we reach as the end of the road for us.

But God sees these same limits from a totally different perspective. Where we see the end, He sees the beginning. When we reach the end of our limits, that’s where God’s supernatural power begins.

We need to renew our minds to see as God sees – to see our endings as His beginnings. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (NLT)

Our problem is that we depend on our own limited understanding and live our lives based on the information we know and the experiences we’ve had. Instead of trusting God and relying on Him to show us the way He knows is best for us, we make our decisions based on our own understanding and what we think is best. When decisions seem impossible to make and we just don’t know what to do, our limited understanding leaves us paralyzed. But God’s knowledge of what is ahead for us can be trusted.

Many have reached the limit of their finances, and it looks like the end. There is simply no way we can stretch our last dollar. When we have reached the end of what we can do, that’s when we need to trust that God’s provision for us will begin.

It is humanly impossible to feed 5,000 men, plus women and children, with five loaves of bread and two fish. Yet when these same loaves and fish were placed in Jesus’ hands, God miraculously multiplied them to not only feed all those people, but they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. Only God.

There are times we’ve reached the limit of our own strength and feel like we can’t go on. New mothers, caregivers, essential workers – so many are weary and push themselves day after day to keep going, wondering how much more they can take. Again, when we’ve reached the limit of our own strength, that’s when God’s supernatural strength for us begins.

As we cry out to the Lord and rely upon Him, we can trade our weakness for His strength. He will strengthen us and help us to keep going with a power that is beyond our own.

God’s protection goes beyond our limited ability to protect ourselves. When the Israelites were trapped between a raging Red Sea and a murderous Egyptian army, they’d come to the end of themselves, literally. But that’s when God’s supernatural power began as He opened a way for them to walk through the sea and drown the army behind.

When the doctors say there’s nothing more they can do, we accept their knowledge and the information they give us, and many feel they’ve reached the end and give up. But where natural healing ends, God’s supernatural healing power begins. Jesus healed many when He walked this earth, and He has not changed. His healing power is still available to us today.

We need to start looking beyond our limits that we view as the end, and believe that when we come to an end, that’s where God begins.

Hope Ministries is a Christian counseling center, and we are here to help. If you would like to speak confidentially with someone, give us a call at 845-482-5300.


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