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At Wits End?

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end.  Psalm 107:27

The verse is in a passage concerning sailors caught in a violent storm. The vicious stirring of the sea caused the men to reel and stagger. It brought them to “their wits’ end.”

Surely, most of the time these sailors knew what to do when they were caught in a storm. This storm, though, was so horrendous they were “at their wits’ end.”

Verse 25 states the origin of the storm:

For He (God) commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

Consider the result of the storm:

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.  Psalm 107:28-29

The God-sent storm drove these men to “their wits’ end” and it resulted in their crying out to God There is nothing in the passage to indicate that the storm was a judgment on sin.

God brings each of us to our wits’ end time and again—pushing us to faith in Him. It is a work of love because His ultimate purpose for each of us is total trust in Him at all times and in every circumstance.

God does not keep us in the storms of life continuously, so we are not always forced to faith.

So, He uses another method to work continual faith in us. He leads us to experience the crucifixion of our old man.

As we experience storms and the crucifixion of our old man, we are freed from faith in ourselves so that we might continuously have faith in God.