Romans 15:4 “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
When inviting someone to Bible study recently, the woman responded by telling me that she didn’t have time and was just trying to “keep her head above water” in her current circumstances. I could hear the tiredness and hopelessness in this person’s voice. I picture her treading water struggling to keep her head from going under. The problem is that no matter how strong we think we are, under our own power, everyone will sink at some point even in calm waters. But God has given us His Word to give us strength to endure and hope to buoy us. He has left us a record of how He has helped His people throughout history, kept His promises and fulfilled prophecy so that we can trust Him now and for our future. He has given us His word, His promise, that He will be with us and help us (Isaiah 41:10), and that our “…momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17). This is what keeps believer’s heads above water, and no matter how tough our circumstances are, we can always look forward to something better. It’s not that as Christians we never worry, get weary or overwhelmed, but that when we do, we know where to turn, “…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). How is God’s Word giving you hope?
When I find myself treading under my own power, reading God’s Word reminds me of His goodness and strength and helps to calm me down and float upon the waters of life. The shape of an object has a lot to do with whether it will float or sink. If we are shaped by God’s Word, then we will increasingly resemble Jesus and be better able to float rather than sink under our circumstances. In Matthew 14:28-32, Peter responded to Jesus’ words and imitated Jesus’ actions and was able to walk on water. Shaped like Jesus, he was able to stay above the water, but when he focused on his circumstances, he became fearful, lost that shape and started to sink. Do you have the shape of Jesus to keep you afloat? Are you looking to God’s Word to learn how to imitate Jesus? If not, will you like Peter cry out to Jesus “Lord save me!” so He can pull you out of the water before you sink? Let God’s Word be the life jacket that keeps your head above water, and like the words from the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, let His great faithfulness and powerful Word give you “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”
Whom do you know that is struggling to keep their head above water and needs to hear God’s Word?
How is God’s Word helping you to endure in your circumstances?