Desperation drove Jessica Robles to the brink. The single mom of three had no food in her house and imagined that no one cared, so she simply went to a grocery store and attempted to walk out without paying. Perhaps she thought that “desperate times call for desperate measures.” Instead of walking out with the goods, Robles was stopped by Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas.
That’s when things took an unexpected turn. Instead of arresting Robles, the officer wrote her a ticket to appear in court and then gave her $100 for groceries. If that were the end of the story, there would be a lot to think about, but it didn’t end there. The story made the evening news and suddenly people rushed to the assistance of Robles and her children. She was taken on a shopping spree and given the change at the end of the journey. She was offered a job interview and later a job.
Now, Robles is left all but speechless. Desperation has caused the ruin of many a life. Jessica Robles might have easily spent months or even years in jail, leaving her children without any advocate. But, things turned out well. Perhaps like Jessica, you feel like you ran of options. But you can’t just shoplift your way out of the troubles you are in.
If there is a lesson in Jessica’s story it is that people often come to the wrong conclusion when they reach the end of their own abilities to work themselves out of a bad place.
It can often be that way with sin. Many people believe that because of the wrong things they have done, there is no hope for them. They believe that others look at them with hatred and scorn. Tired and wounded, they keep doing things that make everything worse.
Most tragically, they believe that God has cast them off and wants nothing more to do with their lives or their problems. The truth is that God cares about us even while we drown in the depths of our sins. He offers us real forgiveness. He offers us real hope and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Often, people become anxious and feel they have no other option than to sink further into the hole they dug for themselves. Instead, God wants them to reach up to Him and find new life!
It is easy to believe the lie that your life does not count. The more depressed or discouraged you become the more convincing that argument becomes. But, God offers you a way out of the problems you are facing. He promises you a new life, a new start, a life without the sense of hoplessness you may now feel.
Jessica's story turned on one act of kindness. God showed us a kindness beyond compare when He sent Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins. He knew we were desperate. He understood that we were out of options. So, Jesus took our place on a cross so the sin debt each of us owes could be settled. But, He wants us to acknowledge His gift and make Jesus Christ Lord of our lives.
If you feel like you are fresh out of options, this is a good time to ask Jesus Christ to become your Lord and Savior. He offers you forgiveness for sin and a new start. It all begins with a simple prayer: "Dear Jesus, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong. I need Your forgiveness. I want a new life in You. I receive you as my Lord and Savior. Please help me to start again. In Jesus' name, amen!"
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- Bill Hennessy