Deep Water – 3 Steps to Get Out

Step 1: The Plea

When life hits the fan, it can seems like we’re drowning in the flood of stress and worry. The waves are high and the weight of this world is pulling us down deeper and deeper. The overwhelming amount of pressures from school or work or drama between friend or the political steps at work everything begins to take its toll at our spirit. 

I want to encourage you today to look at the Father who provides peace in the midst of the storm. Instead of focusing on the boat you’re in or the waves tossing you around, try focusing on the Savior that is in your boat with you. 

Nothing is more powerful than God, and with Him in your life, nothing can take you down. 

“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.” -Psalm 69:1-3

Step 2: The Answer

After acknowledging the struggle, and asking for assistance in that struggle, God always provides a way out. Sometimes the most common problem to finding the answer is that we don’t listen for God’s response. We pray and ask repeatedly, but we don’t look in the Word or listen for God’s voice. Or if we do, we decide that isn’t the right answer we were looking for.

Maybe this is where you get stuck. Maybe you’re struggling to find the answer. My encouragement and maybe challenge for you is to seek for the answer, but wait for the response. God has heard you and He won’t forget you, but you need to trust in His timing.

Trust God today to provide you with the answer to your plea.

“But I pray to you, O Lord, in the time of your favor, in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.” – Psalm 69:13-16

Step 3: The Response

After we have pleaded with the Lord to voice our distress, He answers in His perfect way. The next step is to respond. Whether we believe it’s the best way our life should be headed or not, God directs our path and He knows what He’s doing.

Our response of attitude and praising Him creates a willing and obedient heart. As we begin to glorify God for His purpose and plan we can start to humble ourselves and our desires to ultimately praise Him.

My questions for you today are: what is the storm that you felt you were drowning in? How did God answer your cry for help?And how did you respond to that answer?

“I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs. The poor will see and be glad- you who seek God, may your hearts live!” -Psalm 69:29-32

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