Hope When We’re Drowning (Day 6)

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When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. —Psalm 69:32

Our hope:
I have hope when the pressures of life threaten to take me under because there’s an unfailing Savior who rescues.

Survivors of near-death drowning accidents describe the harrowing experience as feelings of being stricken with panic and disoriented from oxygen-deprivation.

I hope you haven’t suffered from this sort of ordeal, but you may be fighting to survive drowning from the unrelenting pressures and problems that are sucking the breath out of your lungs.

In Psalm 69, King David described flood waters rising up to his neck and threatening to swallow him up. When our lives are at risk of going under, where do we turn?

We place our hope in an unfailing Savior who rescues.

  • When life spirals out of control, Jesus is our peace (John 14:27).
  • When we are alone and abandoned, Jesus will not forsake us (Heb. 13:5).
  • When our throats are parched from praying, Jesus lives to intercede (Heb. 7:25).
  • When we’re exhausted from trying to save ourselves, Jesus will revive us (Ps. 69:32).

You who seek God, let your hearts revive (Psalm 69:32).

Friend, when life overwhelms you, collapse to your knees and open your heart to be resuscitated. Admit your weakness. Jesus bore our sin to deliver us from sinking. Hope in Him never fails.

Reflect and Respond:

Read Psalm 69.

  • When you’re drowning in life, how do you initially react? What does Psalm 69 show you about God’s provision in Christ that will help to change your response in the future?
  • Isaiah 43:1–2 is a reassuring verse for when you’re overwhelmed in life. Write it out, inserting your name, then pray it back to God with a heart of gratitude.
  • Read 1 Peter 1:3–9 and make a list of the praiseworthy reasons why hope in Jesus never fails.

Go deeper:

Tomorrow, start your day by seeking God’s fresh mercies and hope in Lamentations 3:21–26. Hold these verses close to your heart during the day. When your head hits the pillow at night, recall God’s unchanging faithfulness. Take a step further by memorizing these precious promises or worshiping by singing with Jimmy Needham, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

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About the Author

Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett

Leslie Bennett served as a Director of Women’s Ministries for a dozen years prior to joining Revive Our Hearts in Women’s Ministry Initiatives. She is also the content manager of the Revive Our Hearts' Leader Connection blog and editor of two ebooks: Women’s Ministry Leader Survival Guide and 10 Truths to Set Leaders Free.

The Lord captured Leslie’s heart for biblical womanhood and revival at the national True Woman conference in 2008. Since then, she’s been spreading the message of how a woman’s femininity adorns the gospel wherever God sends her. Spend a few moments with Leslie, and you’ll catch her passion for the Word, prayer, revival and discipleship. She and her husband Mac live in the S.C. Lowcountry where she loves drinking sweet tea and encouraging women to treasure Christ above all.

Contact Leslie at LBennett@ReviveOurHearts.com

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