Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday Words of Encouragement

"My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare." Psalm 25:15

When an animal stumbles across a snare, it gets entangled and the more it struggles, the tighter the noose gets.  The more they fight to get free, the tighter the rope will become until it is impossible for the animal to get free.  Often they end up collapsing in exhaustion.

As we face obstacles, struggles with sin, or problems in our own lives, we can often be like an animal who gets caught in a snare.  We run around trying to break a habit or find a solution to the problem, using own strength. We try to think of every possible way to get out of whatever situation we are in.  Yet, the more we struggle and fight against the issue with our own resources, the more tightly trapped we become. And the more exhausted we get.

In this verse, the psalmist tells us that only the Lord can release our feet from the snare. Only He can solve whatever problem you find yourself in. It’s only the Lord who can release us from whatever sin we struggle with.  

How can He do this? Look at the most important part of this verse, “My eyes are ever on the Lord.” Are you looking to Him for guidance? Are you seeking His face each day? Do you come to Him first each day or do you throw Him some crumbs? It is only through keeping our eyes fixed on the Lord that we will find release from the snares in our way!

Stop struggling in your own strength.  Stop trying to find a way out of your situation on your own.  Look to the Lord.  Wait on Him.  Give Him control over the trial and allow Him to release you.