Food for ThoughtPsalm 18:16 He Reached Down
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living. True Christian living requires us to live according to Kingdom standards which bring Heaven to earth

By Marni Montanez

Psalm 18:16 New International Version

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

There have been so many times in my life that I wanted to give up out of sheer emotional or mental exhaustion.

What I was going through was beyond my ability to cope with and I could not quite navigate through the turmoil. There were too many boulders in the way; too many problems and I couldnt keep up the charade of being strong and capable.  

When our path takes us to deep waters, where we have never been before, we tend to panic and make decisions out of desperation.  These decisions usually end up creating a bigger disaster.

God knows and understands this about us.  So He stands at the ready and when we are in trouble,  He is present to usher in grace and peace.  But it is up to us to receive it.

God takes hold of us in different ways; whether it is a healing, a financial miracle, a restored relationship or any number of things we face daily.

It is in these troubled times that He shows Himself to be our protector and provider.  

He protects us from evil, from those who wish to harm us and He even protects us from ourselves.

As our provider it could be in the way of money or it could be emotional strength or healing in our bodies.   Deep waters represent the things that overwhelm or drown us in any way.

God is gracious enough to reach into our circumstances and set us up right when the waters of doubt, disappointment and fear have tumbled us round and round.   

God is not afraid to put His hand in our slimy situation nor is He intimidated when we are so angry or fearful that we reject His help.  

Our admission to our helplessness opens the door for Gods light of hope to shine through and minister what is necessary.   Most of us try and figure out how to solve the issue before turning to God, but look!..He was there before the problem arose, and He wont hesitate to get you out of the mess.   Remember Peter.   Jesus called him out of the boat to walk on the water and he did so.   But then he looked at the storm, instead of at Jesus...and he sank.

But it is Jesus who reached into his situation and pulled him out of the deep waters.

Challenge:   No matter the situation; no matter our attitude, God is reaching into our lives daily with blessing, peace and healing.   He has the answer.  Are you listening?

God bless


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