In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
1 Peter 5:10 (NLT)
Note from Kip…
I’ve experienced it and I’m fairly certain that you have too. That point where we feel like we a faltering with every step we take. So goes the phrase, ‘Shouldn’t have gotten out of bed today.’ It happens. Some of us more often than others but I don’t believe that there is a person today that can honestly say that every moment of every day were a bed of roses.
We all have struggles and we all falter; we all fall down! But God has provisioned someone to restore, support and strengthen us. Beyond the strengthening He deals with the tretcherous footing that we find ourselves on, by putting us on a firm foundation! That foundation is Jesus Christ.
He’s called the good Shepherd for a good reason, as He watches over us and is well aware of our tendency to wander off in our own pursuits only to find ourselves stuck in the thicket, with the wolves preparing to pounce on us.
But, I want to focus on the recovery aspect of these occasions. The points at which when we are deep in the mire of our failure, we cry out to Him and we suddenly find we are falling up. That less than ideal situation may not have changed, but we have, and we are no longer struggling to stay up, we are on solid ground.
This morning I was reading in Joshua about the crossing of the Jordan as the Children of Israel crossed over into the Promise Land. After the parting of the Red Sea earlier, this event seems to not get as much recognition for the amazing feat that it truly was.
The Jordan was raging and spilling over its banks. Yet, the Lord told Joshua to have the priests step into the Jordan river. Tag this in your memory as the commitment.
God acts upon their obedience. He does exactly what He said He would even though this river is in a rush to get to the sea. A good way up the river the waters were held back. I can imagine the little town where the water damn formed were in a bit of a panic.
But here is what I really picked up on this morning. The priests stood in the middle of what was now a ‘dry’ river bed as the thousands upon thousands of Israelites crossed the Jordan that day.
When the situation is beyond our grasp. When we have fallen God is faithful to his promise to keep us under His protection even through suffering regardless of if it is of our own making or circumstance. He is there to anoint us with oil to heal our wounds.
But for God to do this it requires a bit of action on our part. A commitment. It may come in the form of repentance for sin in our lives. It may be stepping out into the water based on His instruction. But when we commit; He acts!
Dry River Bed – Firm Foundation
God placed them on a firm foundation. I’ve stood on river bottoms on more than one occasion. I can assure you that after you remove the water, that’s not necessarily going to be a real solid piece of earth to stand on. But yet, in this case it was not only solid, it was dry. A firm foundation.
But that all began with the first time He restored us.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
Romans 5:10 (NLT)
When Jesus became our master He also became our friend. And this is a real friends with benefits as opposed to the way the world would define it. The first restoration He does on our behalf is Salvation.
Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.
Romans 6:4 (HCSB)
Jesus died that we might have that relationship that He created us to have with Him. He lifted us up from our fallen condition and restored us. Placed us on a solid foundation.
Again, our commitment; His action
When we get off the path and stuck in the briars He again is there to redeem us as we repent of our sin.
If we continue to be committed to Him and His purposes, we continue to fall up, into His arms of Grace.