21 Day Challenge – Day 5 – Get Out of the Mud

Today’s post comes from Chris Pipes, Minister of Connect Groups, Next Steps, and Discipleship at C3.

On this fifth day of our challenge we are reading Psalms 33-40.

Today’s Key Scripture: Psalms 40:1-3 (NIV)
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

When I was in middle school, my friends and I would play a huge game of tackle mud football during our Christmas break. We would wait for a really good rain and then head out to the park to pretend to be our favorite professional NFL player. It was our chance to get really, really muddy. (My mom hated it because I always ruined my clothes) But, it was a blast. The field was filled with so many mud puddles that it was almost impossible to stay standing up. We would fall down the whole game and barely have a firm place to stand.

Sometimes life can be like a tackle mud football game. We get knocked down, slip and fall in the mud, and can’t get back up. Our sin has made it too slippery to stand and there’s no hope for the future. But the greatest thing is when we are down we can cry out to the Lord. He hears us and lifts us out of our muck. He sets our feet on a solid rock and gives us a place to stand. God loves it when we trust in Him completely because that’s when He shows up in a big way.

If you are down and life has gotten you a bit “dirty,” don’t fret. God is near and wants to lift you out of your muddy pit, clean you up, and get you back on a solid foundation. 

Prayer Focus: Dear God, thank you for always being there when I mess up. Thank you for giving me a second chance and always a way out of my sin. And because of what you’ve done for me I promise to praise you in all circumstances and let others know how amazing you are. Thank you for this time that I’ve had to dive into your Word and be shaped and molded into who you’ve called me to be. I pray all this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!