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Sunday, August 10, 2014
What's Gonna Get You Through?
Sometimes I feel as though I’m dog-paddling in the water
of life, just barely keeping my head above the surface. Do you ever feel this
If so, then you know how hard it is to maintain our
closeness with God. But we must,
because He is the Source of our strength (Psalm 27:1). He will bring us
In this time of treading water, I need the hope and transformation Ezekiel 47:1-12 conveys:
“Then he brought me back to the
door of the temple, and there was water flowing from under the threshold of the
temple toward the east…water, running out on the right side. And when the man
went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand
cubits, and he brought
me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one
thousand cubits andbrought me throughthe waters; the water came up to my knees.
Again he measured one thousand cubits and brought me through; the water came up to my waist.
Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for
the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be
crossed. He said to me, ‘Son of man, have you seen this?’ Then he brought me
and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the
bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said
to me; ‘This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley,
and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters arehealed’…Along the bank of the
river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves
will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every
month, because their water flows from the sanctuary…”
How great is our God! Each time, he brought me through.
In Isaiah 43:2-3 He says “When you pass
through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow you…For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…”
Because He is our Savior and Lord, we wade into healing waters and no matter how
deep our problems, He is there to bring us through.
When the stresses of
life are up to our neck and we feel as if any moment, we might go under,
remember how He brought
me andreturnedme to a transformed
riverbank. There were trees abundant with leaves and fruit that neither
wither nor fail. Psalm 1:1-3 tells me when I delight in the law of the Lord, I
am one of those trees.
In anxieties of life, He takes me from a place of drowning, transplants me and
I am revived. My roots drink in nourishment and hydration from Jesus, my Living,
Water and my Sanctuary.