In Psalm 40, verses one through three, David writes, “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”
This passage is one that my eyes fell upon right after I opened my Bible tonight. I had talked in the past few days about my struggle with quitting smoking and how sick I have been with bronchitis. I got the bronchitis after I prayed a pretty desperate prayer for God to please help me quit smoking because I kept picking it up again after I would quit, and I was feeling a lot of shame and disappointment in myself about this.
Up until this point I had been telling God when I was going to quit, instead of asking him to guide me through it. I made promise after promise and broke them all. I would quit for a couple of days and then go back. Even writing this I know that it is God’s and Christ’s grace that has kept me from relapsing. I felt very vulnerable a couple of days ago, like there was literally nothing keeping me from picking the cigarettes back up. I prayed about that too, and boom, I got hit with phase two of this bronchitis, and had to miss more work after I had at least thought that I was getting better.
So when I read this tonight, I felt it so strongly, that God really has lifted me out of the mud and the mire of this addiction, even though he has had to make me so sick that I literally can’t smoke cigarettes without choking. I’ve had some pretty harsh symptoms and side effects from this illness, and this is the third time I’ve had it in a year.
The verses above spoke to me tonight by saying that God can do for me what I can’t do for myself, and that God and Christ hear my prayers and answer them. I committed to Salvation through Christ, and they committed to helping me along the path. Out of desperation I prayed for help when I was utterly defeated, and God and Christ brought a solution into my life that has been more effective than all I’ve tried put together. They took me seriously, and they answered my prayer completely. I am so grateful to know a Salvation like this, and for their love for me that is so profound that they would go to this length to steer me away from dark waters and keep steering me until I can stand on my own.
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