Further Out Or Further In?

I was thinking about the phrase, "rock bottom" today. What this means is you have reached the lowest level and you cannot go any further. It came to mind, however, that while hitting "rock bottom" will often cause a person to "wake-up" and try to do something about their situation, sometimes it has the opposite effect. It is like the person gets out a jackhammer and attempts to break through the rock so that they can sink even lower.

This suggests to me that we have three choices when we hit rock bottom.

1. We can lie on the bottom, dig our heels in and cling to that bottom for all we are worth.

2. We can grab a jackhammer and see if we can sink even lower hence causing us to go further down or further out from where we need to be.

3. We can choose to get up and begin to move closer or further in to where we should be. 

The enemy will attempt to tell you that you have no choice. He will tell you that you must sink lower or at the very least, remain exactly where you are. The enemy is a liar.

No matter how deep we have sunk, no matter how far we have roamed, God hears our cry and His hand is not shortened so that He cannot reach us. (Isaiah 59:1) God alone will lift us up and set our feet on firm ground. (Psalm 40:2) 

Are you going to continue to go further out from God or will you go further in?

@Bethy
Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

So so true

@blest
Beth M @blest ·

You said:

No matter how deep we have sunk, no matter how far we have roamed, God hears our cry and His hand is not shortened so that He cannot reach us. (Isaiah 59:1) God alone will lift us up and set our feet on firm ground. (Psalm 40:2)

That is very true. Sometimes we are paralyzed when lying on rock bottom. Doesn't mean He doesn't hear our cry. Sometimes we are unable to move for a time. But God's promises are true.

I have a scrap of paper taped to my computer on which is written "stubbornly hold on to the promises of God ~ no matter what." Kirk had told me that one time years ago, for some situation in my life. That situation no longer matters at all. But the scrap of paper is still taped to my computer and each time I read it, I remember Kirk telling me that. Little did he know at the time that I would try to cling to God's promises upon and after his death. That note is in my handwriting but the words were Kirk's long before his death. I have another piece of paper taped to my computer in HIS handwriting, which I cherish. It says:
Stay calm.
Don't do anything rash.
Give God time to WORK.

I have long forgotten what situation that pertained to at the time, but his reminders taped to my computer are gently hugs from beyond the grave, especially the one in his handwriting.

@watchmanjohn
John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Well said all of you

@johnabela
John B. Abela @johnabela ·

Sometimes it feels like we have our anchor out in the water, in an attempt to hold us steady, but the waves keep pushing us further out.

Good blog Kathy.

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