“The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me out of the deep waters.” (Psalm 18:16 TEV)
There are times when we all think, “I’m going under for the last time! I’m about to sink!” No matter how deep you are, God’s love is deeper than your problem.
Corrie ten Boom and Betsy ten Boom were Christians who lived in the Netherlands during Word War II. They hid Jews in their home to protect them from the Nazis. When they were discovered, not only were the Jews taken to the concentration camp, but Corrie and Betsy were taken as well, and they spent the rest of the war there.
After watching one atrocity after another, Corrie told Betsy, “This place is the pit of Hell!” Betsy replied, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper.”
In the last few months, you may have hit bottom financially and thought, “I am going broke!” Or, maybe you’ve hit bottom emotionally, or your marriage has hit bottom, or you’re having health problems. You’re frustrated and can't help but think, “I’m going under.”
Where is God when you hit bottom? He’s right there underneath you. He is “your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you” (Deuteronomy 33:27b NLT).
Drop into his arms of love. Let him catch you and support you when you have nowhere else to go.
Talk About It
- How deep is God's love? Deep enough to handle anything! What pain or hurt or problem do you need to hand over to him today?
- How should an eternal perspective — God's "everlasting arms are under you" — change your attitude toward your problems?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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