Monday Manna - Balance

The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each THURSDAY, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either at An Open Book or here at My Back Door.
(I will also display the verses on my sidebar.)

This week, I am hosting Monday Manna.

If you wish to participate, post what you have learned through this verse on your blog or website and add your url to the link at the bottom of this post.(Of course, you may also say what it means to you as a comment, also.) Be sure to visit the other ones to see what they have learned about God's Word.

This week, I chose this verse -

"Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip."
Psalm 18:36 (KJV)

Arms outstretched -
knees flexed -
breath held -
pulse racing -

Have you ever walked across a narrow board? Maybe it was in gym class on a balance beam. Maybe it was a fallen log across a stream. Maybe it was a support beam in a barn. Whatever it may have been, the sensation was all the same. You just KNEW you were going to fall. You felt like you were in a circus's high wire act.

But, many of us could easily walk a line across the floor of a gymnasium without losing our balance. What's the difference?

The difference is our sense of danger. When we fear something MIGHT happen, we lose our focus. We don't trust our surroundings. The narrow path feels even narrower. We look down to the rushing water or the far-away floor and panic
- causing us to lose our balance.

God tells us that He will "enlarge our steps." He is the Almighty God, and He is taking care of us. We need not fear the dangers around us. The path will feel wider and safer. We can walk with confidence and faith because our God is in control.
We have nothing to fear.

In the story of Pilgrim's Progress, Christian walks through a dark and frightening path at night. There are fire pits and screaching and evil threats. He ignores the sounds around him and continues straight toward a soft and comforting voice ahead of him. In the morning, he looks back and sees deep pits and dangers that were on either side of the path, but his mind was on the Voice of the Lord and not the dangers around him.

Lord, help me to listen to Your voice so that I won't fear what MIGHT happen to me. Let me trust in Your will and care. Enlarge my steps so that my feet will not slip. In Jesus' Name, Amen


Karen Wilber said...

I love the illustration from Pilgrim's Progress--perfect for this verse. Thank you for hosting this today.

Joanne Sher said...

Great thoughts, Vonnie - and that IS a great illustration. Pilgrim's Progress is on my "gotta read" list. Will get to it eventually :)

Yvonne Blake said...

Pilgrim's Progress is a great book! (especially when you learn that John Bunyan wrote it while in jail for preaching the Gospel)

Janelle/SisJ said...

Thanks for this post. I also loved the Pilgrim's Progress illustration.


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