I was in a department store recently, standing in line, waiting to pay for my merchandise. I noticed a man and a woman moving toward a register. The man was pushing the woman in a wheelchair. As the sales associate began to ring up their purchases, the man noticed something wrong with one of his garments intended for purchase. He left to secure a different one. Meanwhile the sales associate began to reach over the counter to secure the other items from the woman seated in the chair. As she reached she stopped suddenly and said aloud, “Let me not reach and hurt myself.” Instead, she opted to walk out from the behind the register and secured the garments from the woman while in front of her. As she walked back she said to me, “I know better than to reach like that. That wouldn’t end well for me.” We laughed with each other and then I laughed with God. Isn’t it just like Him to provide a visual example of what happens when I attempt to go beyond my reach and fail miserably at what is left best attained by God?
I’m sure you know it, and have heard it often, but truly our necessity for reaching ceased at Calvary, yet we act as if God still needs us for assistance in the matters of our life. Further, when we go beyond our reach, we have the tendency to cause damage, either to ourselves or others. It’s not as though we don’t have help readily available. Psalm 46:1 declares, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Yet we don’t have to only expect His reach during trouble. I Chronicles 16:11 affirms, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” If in fact we are continually seeking the presence of the Most High God, we will feel less compelled to maneuver that which we have no business attempting.
Hasn’t He shown us enough love? Hasn’t He demonstrated His faithfulness? Hasn’t He performed miracles despite the fact that we are undeserving? And yet, there we are, attempting to go beyond our reach, manifesting limitations that mirror that of people ignorant of the power and propensity of God! Reaching gets tiring and our end, will always come up short compared to that of God. When we have the urge to reach, let us reach unto the one who gives us the strength to extend our hope in situations where our faith feels depleted. After all, we don’t want to hurt ourselves. As the sales associate said, “We know better.”