‘To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me…’ Psalm 3:4 NIV
Regardless of when or why you stumbled and fell, God wants to pick you up and put you back on your feet. People who have never experienced failure usually don’t accomplish much. There’s a certain security in playing it safe. Nothing’s lost, but nothing’s won. Peter had to get out of the boat to walk on the water. Sure he might almost drowned and had to be rescued, but he also experienced God’s power at work. Adversity [trouble] is like yeast; when the heat is turned up, it rises. The truth is that every opportunity God gives you will come with obstacles, and you’ll have to rise above them. Look at the children of Israel in Egypt: ‘…the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew…’ (Exodus 1:12 NKJV) Often the bad times do more to strengthen your faith than the good ones. You say, ‘But I blew it!’ God says, ‘My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness…’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) You say, ‘But the people I trusted let me down, and those I thought were for me were really against me.’ The Psalmist said, ‘Many are saying… “God will not deliver him.” But…to the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me…’ (Psalm 3:2–4 NIV) It’s hard to accept that some people don’t want you to succeed. But many people ‘saying’ it doesn’t make it so! The most secure place in the world is in the will of God. If you line up your plan with His purpose, ultimately you’ll win, and there’s nothing they can do to stop you!
SoulFood: Gal 4–6, Luke 18:1–17, Ps 119:161–168, Pro 19:3–8
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