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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: Don't look down
By Ruth Banner
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Life is filled with joy and sorrow, hope and fear, blessings and trouble. Good, bad and sometimes ugly. Tribulations come. Not all of the time, but difficulties will come. Sometimes, we’re caught completely off guard. Sometimes we find ourselves falling.
I don’t like the feeling falling, or of being up on high places near an edge. My knees go weak, and my stomach lurches. I am afraid to fall.
Sometimes life is like that. Unplanned for circumstances find their way to us. Difficult things. Painful things. We can unexpectedly find ourselves teetering on the edge of a precipice, desperately trying to keep balance at a place we never wanted to go. And sometimes, it’s as though we were pushed right off the edge, and we are falling, head over heals into the dark unknown. Desperation, panic, and fear race through our minds as we plummet.
These are the times when we learn through experience to trust God in a deep way. These are the times we cry out to Him, and wait for Him to do something. Isaiah 64: 4 says, “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides Thee, Who works for those who wait for Him.”
The word for wait in this passage is not passive, but carries with it the idea of tying, or binding a knot to something.
When there is nowhere else to go, and we know it, and we cry out to God, we are binding ourselves to Him.
Like the climber who has lost his foothold and is completely dependent upon the one he is tied to up above him, we also are dependent upon The One above, to whom we are bound to. When we learn to wait on Him and for Him in this manner, the Scriptures tell us that He works and accomplishes for us.
We wait on God. But did you know that God waits on us? Isaiah 30:18 says, “And therefore will The LORD wait, that He may be gracious to you, and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for The LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are they that wait for Him.”
We bind ourselves to Him, He binds Himself to us!
The impossibilities in our lives are His to handle. When we call on Him and patiently wait for Him, He ties Himself to us and our circumstances to show us His favor, and so that He will be exalted.
Psalm 27:13, 14 says, “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of The LORD in the land of the living. Wait for The LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for The LORD!”
When you find yourself driven to edge of a precipice, or even if you are already falling, call upon The Name of The Lord. Bind yourself to Him and He will bind Himself to you. Patiently wait for Him and remember that He holds the rope.
Life circumstances may sometimes be frightening, but nothing is too difficult for God. Don’t focus on the impossibilities of your situation. Stop anticipating the impact and remember who you’re bound to. And what ever you do…
don’t look down.
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