“And I know the Lord will continue to rescue me from every trip, trap, snare, and pitfall of evil and carry me safely to His heavenly kingdom. May He be glorified throughout eternity. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:18 VOICE
Have you ever gone to the circus to watch a trapeze act?
It is one of the scariest performances. I’ve always been both amazed and terrified watching the aerial act. While one trapeze performer does the flying, the other does the catching. I’ve always wondered as to why this act was so successful.
The secret is that the flyer is only supposed to fly, trusting that the catcher will catch him and prevent him from falling. The catcher’s responsibility is only to catch the flyer. All the work is done by him. The flyer’s task is to extend his arms and wait for the catcher to grab him before he falls.
What’s interesting is that if the flyer tries to hold on to the catcher’s body in any way, they both fall. Therefore, the flyer must have complete trust in his catcher for the act to be safe and successful.
The same is true in our Christian life. God is the catcher in the great trapeze of salvation. We are merely the flyers. We must trust God. We can rely on God’s ability to catch us, as well as in His faithfulness and the truth of His Word. As we do, something remarkable happens—we fly. God has never dropped any of us. On the contrary, His arms are always open to hold and rescue us from any situation.
In 2 Timothy 4:18, we see Paul’s confidence that the Lord would not fail him regardless of his circumstances. “And I know the Lord will continue to rescue me from every trip, trap, snare, and pitfall of evil and carry me safely to His heavenly kingdom. May He be glorified throughout eternity. Amen.” (VOICE)
Friends, I don’t know if you are going through any hardships right now, or if you know of someone who is, but let me encourage you by saying that I have found myself in many difficult situations, but I have learned to place my trust in the One who will never let me fall. He will catch us, deliver us, protect us, and safely return us back homes. God is our strength and our guidance. He is the One who cares for our worries, fears, and concerns and sees you and me when we fall.
So let us do what we are called to do and leave the rest in God’s hands. Are you ready to fly knowing that His arms are there to catch and carry us through?
Father, thank You for always being by my side, ready to catch me when I fall and bring me home safely. Help me always remember that although my mountain may appear unmovable, You are more significant than mine. Therefore, in Jesus’ name, I praise You and give You all the glory. Amen.
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