The Stumble

By: Kristen L. McNulty

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Recently I was interviewed by a newspaper to talk about my book "Walking Through A Fallen World". During the interview the reporter and I got some really good dialogue going and she was very interested to hear why I choose the title that I did for the book. She was of the opinion that it sounded a little depressing.

And while I could definitely see her point, there was a reason behind the madness.

We live in a fallen world. Just by turning on the evening news that much is obvious. And while being in this fallen world brings along a lot of bad things, when Christ enters our lives, change happens.

No the circumstances don't always change, but with Christ, we can walk through this fallen world. Not crawl through, not stagger through, but walk through.

Psalm 107:4 in the Message says:

“Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live. Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion."

Maybe you're hearing that verse today and you can relate to it. You may not be finding yourself in a physical desert, but you are in a spiritual one. Maybe your job is too much. Or your family is falling apart. Or maybe the pressures of life are building up. It doesn't matter what the cause- you are exhausted.

But there is hope. Just like I told that reporter that with God we can walk through this fallen world, so I'm telling you, just as I've learned from others, with God we don't have to stagger. We don't have to crawl. We don't have to walk blindly. As Psalm 107 goes on to say:

"Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. So thank God for His marvellous love, for His miracle mercy to the children He loves. He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.” (v. 5-9)

Did you pick up the key at the beginning of those verses? It says "then in your desperate condition, you called out to God."

Isn't it time you did that? Instead of crawling on your own with bloody knees and no strength, God invites you to call out to Him. And when you do, when you ask for His help, He'll put your feet on a wonderful road and walk with you through this fallen world.

Yes our circumstances may not change, but we do. We're no longer walking alone and that fact alone makes all of the difference!

So today no matter where you are or what life is looking like for you, call out to God. He's waiting for you to invite Him to come in and make all the difference in whatever life may through your way.

He is watching, He is waiting, He loves you oh so much. Reach out to Him and your life will never be the same!

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This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.