Episode 189: Out of the net

May 17, 2024Dave Lambert
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On Wednesday, I shared that many Christians have a problem with fear and that God wants us to trust in Him. Perhaps an event from my life will encourage you. Many years ago, I would leave the house at 4:30 am and drive to work in order to be there by 6:00 am. That meant I was always leaving and driving in the dark. One morning I was driving to work in an ice storm. As I drove along, it became increasingly obvious that I should have stayed home, but I kept going. Suddenly, I went into a spin and went off the road and down into a gully. I cried out to God to help me as I came to the edge of a deep ravine...and stopped right on the edge. I was unhurt and the car was undamaged, so I waited until it was light and the temperature rose and then continued ahead to work. Has God ever rescued you from some terrible situation? One of the Psalms has something to say about God’s gracious hand, so let’s listen to it.

You take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. (Psa.31:4-5)

In today's passage, the psalmist declares, "You take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge." Think about it! The psalmist was already in the net for God to take him out of it! Many times you and I get into situations and we cry out to God to help us. That's what happened in today's passage. Sometimes—maybe even often—our situation is one of our own making. I should never have left home in that ice storm, but I did, and when I found myself in trouble, I cried out to God and He rescued me. He was my refuge in that moment, in spite of my own bad decision. God doesn't expect that we will always make good decisions—He knows us too well for that! Even in problems of our own making, God reaches out to help us. He loves us in spite of our foolishness and will continue to pull us out of those nets all the way through life and into eternity...and that is very Good News!

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