Out of despair
Ever heard someone’s story of how God lifted them out of a challenging situation, and turned their life around? Stories like that are pretty powerful, and hearing them can increase our faith. We realise that if God can do it for them, then He can do it for us too. Maybe we’ve already experienced that amazing turnaround in our lives. David experienced it. He said: ‘I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of destruction, out of the sticky mud. He stood me on a rock and made my feet steady. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many people will see this and worship him. Then they will trust the Lord’ (Psalm 40:1-3 NCV). When we’re not stood on a firm foundation, it’s hard for us to stand. But God takes us out of the mud and puts us on a rock – Him. He is our firm foundation. Jesus spoke about this too. He told the story of the wise and foolish men who built their houses. The foolish man built his on the sand, while the wise man built his on the rock – the rock was the solid foundation so that when the storm hit, the house remained standing (you can read this story in Matthew 7). We need to be on the rock if we’re going to survive the storms of life. But if we’ve ended up in the sand, the pit, the mud – God doesn’t leave us there. He lifts us up, puts us back on our feet and stands us on the rock. And our story of breakthrough and transformation brings Him glory when we tell others what He’s done.
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