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The Way Out of Futility

     When all seems futile, look to Me. Futility is a place of discouragement, where even your greatest efforts seem to change nothing. It is like piling sand pebble upon pebble to make a sand pile to climb and scale over a great and unmoveable wall. But I am the one that makes the wall split and makes a way for you that is unseen.

     When every effort seems futile, rest in Me. Trust in Me, for I Am the one who makes your way. I Am the one who gives you favor with men to change your circumstances. I Am the one that changes circumstances to give you opportunity. Without Me all efforts are futile, but with Me all things are possible.

Psalm 94:1-23

“The Lord is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth.Rise up, Judge of the earth;  pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long, Lord, will the wicked,  how long will the wicked be jubilant? They pour out arrogant words;  all the evildoers are full of boasting. They crush your people, Lord; they oppress your inheritance.They slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.They say, “The Lord does not see;  the God of Jacob takes no notice. Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;  you fools, when will you become wise? Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge? The Lord knows all human plans; he knows that they are futile. Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law;you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked.For the Lord will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance. Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the wicked?  Who will take a stand for me against evildoers? Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the Lord our God will destroy them.”

Malachi 3:13-17

“You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord. ‘Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’ Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. ‘On the day when I act,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.'”

I Corinthians 15:16-28

“For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he has put everything under his feet. Now when it says that ‘everything’ has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.”