Thursday, February 3, 2011
Desperate Times Desperate Measures
When do people seek God's help? Is it only in times of trouble and desperation? At this year's National Day of Prayer, President Obama said he did not come from a religious family, but being in his leadership role for the past two years has increased his need to pray to God for help. He also quoted Abraham Lincoln who stated, "I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go."
The Fall of man causes everyone to face despair many times during their lifespan (Genesis 3). Drs' Tim Clinton and George Ohlschlager in their book, Competent Christian Counseling (2002) state that despair "can affect and damage the body, soul, and spirit, twist our marriages, harm our family life, and hurt all our relationships." It is no wonder that many people seek the help of a counselor.
This got me thinking about how Christians can call on an immaterial, but very much real God for help in every single one of their desperate situations. Then too, not only the most difficult situations, but also the minuscule ones. Non-believers cannot wrap their brain around the concept of an immaterial God. How do they cope when things get tough? Who do they seek for comfort in desperate times? They have no idea of the limitations they have placed on themselves.
As a Christian counselor, I will be expected to help all my clients, both Christians and non-Christians, deal with their despair and help them get closer to Christ. In order for me to know how to do this, I will need to spend time each day in the Word and in communication with God. This will enable me to stay in tune with the Holy Spirit (the immaterial) so that I can hear what it is that He wants me to say to my clients. He knows everyone's situations at all times. With the uncertainty of what each day holds, I will consider each client to be facing desperate times and I will uphold my responsibility to bring them closer to Christ (with desperate measures if I have to).