For me, the idea of pushing forward is pretty literal and straight forward. A lot of times in my life I have endured some awful days and literally, the next day is wonderful; almost unreal. I have had days at work where I made so many mistakes and I wanted to cry. The next day, I would be flawless. Or, one day I’m exhausted and the next day I’m out building there Rome in one day. It’s crazy and awesome to see how God works. How with Him one day could be totally unrelated from the next. So, our Tuesday was horrible? It doesn’t mean Wednesday can’t be great. In light of this kind of thing happening often, I can’t help but use it as encouragement. It’s enough to keep you going knowing that God could deliver you from your situation at any moment. God doesn’t let His people fail even when we lose faith.
“Lord , if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14: 28-31)
As I was typing the verse, the word “immediate” stuck out to me. Jesus didn’t let Peter drown or even slip below the surface, He rescued him immediately. God is always watching and knows our situations. Another thing I learned about that verse in a recent sermon is we’ve got to keep our eyes on God. When we look down, we sink. Our problems become large and He becomes small.
So how do we prevent that from happening? We just draw into Him. We spend time with Him. The closer we are to God, the smaller our problems seem. I know I stay sane by reminding myself He is in control. We’re on the winning team.
“For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14: 27)
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