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 way?

     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 through.

     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 and brought me through the 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 are healed…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 and returned me 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, Healing Water and my Sanctuary.

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