O, what a gift it is to be made aware of our life-threatening condition! After the initial shock, we are grateful to the doctor who uncovers a serious life threat. Recognizing that we are not invincible — but in fact mortally vulnerable — motivates us to get the help we so desperately need.
Paul said this was quite true of our spiritual condition. For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6
As Judah’s King Jehoshaphat trembled at the approach of a large coalition of hostile invading armies, he declared,
For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You. 2 Chronicles 20:12
To think we are well prevents us from seeking the help we need so badly. To recognize that we are bankrupt to fix our own defects prepares us to seek that help from outside ourselves, from Him who made us, who knows our failings, and who alone can make us right.
O God, open my eyes to my many failings. Let me come to grips with my own helplessness to fix myself. Do what you must to make me what You designed me to be. I cast myself into Your capable arms.