Where would our lives be right now? I can only speak for myself, but I am pretty sure I would be dead without a doubt. What a day it was in 1978 when God said Steve I want to rescue you and save you. Though through the years I have let him down miserably, he has always right there to pick me up and set my feet back on the right path. What is your story? How do you fit into the cycle of what God is doing? Can you look back on your life and remember that day that you said yes Lord? Stop and look at the situation you were in or what was it that caught ahold of you and said now is the time. I would venture to say that not one of us will ever forget that day. Some of us may have fallen away and once again are searching for whatever it is that is going to make us happy, but I can tell you this, God is the only way and no matter how hard you search you will never find the happiness that comes from serving Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong when I say that it is easy but God did not make it hard, he made it easy and we are the ones who make it hard. We start out on fire for God and all of a sudden there is a small rain and our fire seems to get extinguished just a little. If we let that little rain quench us and we get discouraged we are on a downward spiral, there is a way back up but it requires complete surrender. I know what I am talking about because I am the king of discouragement. I have let what others have to say to me, about me or whatever (the rain) and as it quenched my fire there was a withdrawing of my destination and I was totally off the path. After a period of time depending upon what is happening I would see that I am failing and then begins the hard climb back up. Did I say hard climb? It is an easy climb when you allow God to show you the path. We don’t have to do it alone and that is something that I am beginning to learn.
There are those of us who seem to have to struggle to get where God is sending us, but God is right there patiently waiting for us to say I can’t do this Lord can you lend a hand, and he is right there with a mighty hand up. Time and time again we will fall into the pit of taking our eyes off of God and thinking we can do it by ourselves only to begin to drown. We fall into good company of taking our eyes off of Jesus. Remember Peter, he was walking on the water and suddenly he took his eyes off of Jesus and down he began to go. You can read the story for yourself, it can be found in Matthew 14:22-33. I figure that if it happened to Peter, then I know it can happen to each and every one of us. The same Jesus that rescued Peter from drowning is the exact same Jesus that is right there to keep us from drowning as well.
I feel God saying to each of us, “Keep your eyes upon what I have done for you and shut out the world around you. The world is going to destroy many men who have chosen not to follow me and the price is very high. Trust me and let me show you things that will bless you far beyond your wildest dreams. Trust me and you will see my mighty hand move in your life and in the lives of those that you are reaching out to. Don’t be discouraged, I hear your prayers and your answer is on the way. Look to me and I will show you my power and my rescuing grace. Do not be afraid and watch for me because soon and very soon I will be returning to rescue you forever.”
Enough said. The grace of God is more than sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). Trust in God and your prayers are answered.