I know what it means to feel trapped, confused and overwhelmed. This morning during my personal devotion time I read in Isaiah chapter 43 and I enjoyed reading how the Message reworded it.
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you:” Isaiah 43:2-3 MSG
Y’all, I don’t know about you but this was exactly what I needed from God this morning. Don’t you see? He’s not saying that there will be no rough waters. He’s not saying that we won’t ever be in over our heads. He’s not saying we won’t ever find ourselves between a rock and a hard place.
What He is saying is we won’t go down (for the count), we won’t face it alone (without Him) and it is not a dead end (there is a way of escape). Some of you should just stop right there and join me in a little Hallelujah Hop!
Don’t you see? Can’t you understand? There is hope! There is a future! There is strength beyond your own, wisdom beyond your understanding, and a God who cares about you personally. A God who is able. A real, loving, faithful God who is like no other. A true, living God who is watching, listening and acting on your behalf.
I was recently counseling a loved one who felt as if they were out of options. I told them truthfully that they were backing themselves into a corner. When we feel like we are out of options, we feel desperate and we are tempted to panic and make rash decisions. We decide to quit, throw in the towel, give up and quit trying because we can’t SEE the solution or a way out. Discouraged, we feel defeated.
So many people are struggling. They’ve done everything they know to do. They’ve tried. They’ve tried again. You may feel as if you spend more time trying to collect the shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams than you do anything else lately.
Lift up your eyes and stop focusing on the brokenness. Stop grieving over what could have been. Let go of the memories that are causing you to sink into the waters of betrayal. Use that rock (hard place) that is blocking progress as a stepping stone to reach the next level of joy.
Father, we are sometimes so afraid when we are faced with that which seems beyond us and our own abilities. How quickly we forget that we are to rely on You and Your abilities. Oh Lord, You know our hearts. You understand our limits and frailties. Increase our faith. Help us to find our courage. Quiet our spirits so that we can hear Your voice. Strengthen our weary bodies. Heal us. Help us. I ask this in the beautiful Name of Jesus Christ, our Yeshua. Amen