Scripture: Psalm 94:18-19
The promise: “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” (Psalm 94:18)
Observation: The writer of this Psalm demonstrates how God’s gracious and generous love supports him, no matter what comes his way. He shows that God’s presence provides hope to crowd out all doubts.
Application: Have you ever had a particularly embarrassing slip or fall? I’ve had more than I care to admit, but I endured a ridiculously epic one at my friend Courtney’s second grade birthday party. The scene: Me, scared of dogs, just hanging out and drinking grape soda and doing whatever second graders do… Courtney, oblivious to my fear, letting her dog out of her crate… her dog Candy (that was seriously her name), sensing my fear, started chasing after me all through their yard… and I ended up completely faceplanting into a pile of mud. (Insert two million monkey-covering-his-eyes emojis here.)
Want to know the worst part of the whole thing? It wasn’t my embarrassment from falling in front of all my friends. It wasn’t the pain of the skinned knees I experienced as a result of my graceless fall. It was the fact that the coolest shirt I owned – a green and blue tye-dyed masterpiece – was ruined. I KNOW.
I spent the next few months devastated that my shirt was ruined, and the next two decades scared of dogs. (I also kept my distance from Courtney because I didn’t completely trust that she opened Candy’s cage “accidentally.” Can you blame me?! Remember the travesty of the ruined tye-dyed shirt…)
If only all of our slips and falls in life were as simple as that fateful day in May…
Our slips and falls in life can often turn temporary embarrassment into permanent fears, turning would-be faded scars into gaping wounds that never heal.
How often do you feel like you’re slipping?
Sometimes, I have entire days or weeks where I feel like I can’t find solid ground. I know I have a firm foundation in Jesus, but I feel like I’m falling.
Maybe you can relate. Your circumstances have you slipping all over the place, crying out for the Lord to save you because when you do the math, and there’s not enough money to make ends meet… because after he promised to be with you forever, your husband tells you it’s over… because even though you eat healthy and exercise, you receive the diagnosis you never want to hear: cancer… because even though it was all a massive misunderstanding, your once best friend remains cold and distant… because of broken relationships, divorce, separation, addiction.
No matter what’s causing you to slip, there is an assurance that can keep you upright: the unfailing love of the God who is always there support to you.
He floods our circumstances with comfort and our problems with peace. He promises to hold us up when we fall, when our fears threaten to overcome us.
He is our safe place to land, our firm foundation that will never fail.
Prayer: God, thank you for who you are – a loving, gracious God who is committed to us despite our failures and shortcomings. In this moment, I offer to you all the things that are filling me with doubt – my fears, my insecurities, my failures. I pray that I wouldn’t find my hope in my circumstances, but rather in you alone. Amen.