On the Edge of a Cliff

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Faith | 3 comments

On the Edge of a Cliff

Sometimes, life leaves you feeling like you’re hanging on the edge of a cliff.  Barely holding on and dangling from a ledge, white knuckled and fighting for your life, you feel the difficulties that you’re facing working to pry your fingers loose. The only thing that you can do is try to hang on, but it’s hard, and there’s a constant threat that you won’t be able to.  Fear is constantly whispering in your ear, trying to distract you from the fight for your life.  Helplessness and discouragement set in as your strength and energy fade.  Nothing seems clear and you see no way to get back on top of the rock that looms above you out of reach.

The problem with hanging from the edge of a cliff is that all you can see is the dark rock pressed up against your face.  Hanging there, holding on with all your might, there’s no way to look around and see what’s going on above you, behind you, around you.  That’s what makes it so hard to fight off fear, discouragement, exhaustion, and the temptation to quit.  You can’t see.

But you have faith.  You can’t see, but you can believe.  That’s what faith is, confidence in blindness (Hebrews 11:1).

Maybe the reason you’ve been able to hold on in spite of the odds against you is because God is there with you. You can’t exactly see Him with your face shoved into a rock, but He’s there, under you, over you, behind you, around you. Holding you. If you can muster up enough faith to believe that in any small way, then you can start to beat back fear and yell to the danger on the rock above you that you’re not going anywhere, you’ll win this fight.

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”    ~Isaiah 43:13

You can be empowered with enough strength and courage to keep holding on.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.” ~Isaiah 40:29-31

You can have confidence that even though you can’t get yourself out of this mess, He can hoist you up and set you in a better place.

“I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.” ~Psalm 40:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

You can have victory instead of defeat.

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.” ~Psalm 18:32-35

3 Comments

  1. Love it! Perfect timing for me to be reading this today. Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging others. P.S. If you are wondering how I stumbled upon your blog it was from Court. 🙂

    • Yes, I recognized your name :). Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I’m so glad it encouraged you – it encourages me to know someone else can relate!

  2. Absolutely love it; faith is, confidence in blindness!

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