Chapter-a-Day Isaiah 38

God is my belayer. It seems it was good for me to go through all those troubles. Throughout them all you held tight to my lifeline. You never let me tumble over the edge into nothing. Isaiah 38:17 (MSG)

I have, on a handful of occasions, gone rock climbing. I went through very basic classes to learn safety and had the experience of working my way up a few simple rock faces. I enjoy it, though sIowa does not provide a plethora of rock climbing opportunities, so I haven't actively pursued it.

Even on a man-made climbing wall, however, you can find yourself high in the air. Your muscles ache and begin to spasm from the unique tension and demand that climbing puts on them. It would be easy to fall. That's why you should always be tied to a belayer who can ensure that, in the event of a fall, you will not fall far.

We all see our share of troubles in this life. It is a part of the journey. We live in a broken world with other broken people and we are bound to experience the effect of it. Sometimes life feels like a rough climb up a sheer face of nothing but troubling obstacles. But when God is our belayer we can trust that  He holds the life-line and will not let us fall to our death. We may lose our grip and slip down the face of the cliff, but God holds tight so that we can approach the rock face once more, find our grip and begin the ascent again.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Isaiah 38”

  1. It seems it was good for me
    to go through all those troubles.
    Once again we pick the same verse! 🙂 I can relate to Hezekiah this morning. As I wrestle with my career choices and seek each day to make the best of it, I can’t help but think back to my period of job loss. It feels like a sickness that I have recovered from. I ran into an old client from pharma last week and it was so good to catch up. It did, however, make me miss my old job. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that I missed the people from my old job not the job itself. God has a purpose in taking me through that “sickness” and giving me “15 more years”. I won’t fully know the purpose for some time.

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