Hagee Ministries; John Hagee –  Daily Devotion

Psalm 40:2

He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.

In the days when judges ruled, the children of Israel found themselves in a rut. Joshua and Caleb, those mighty, faith-filled warriors, had died. The generation that rose up after them did not know God nor the work that God had accomplished on their behalf. The Jewish people cast off the truth of God’s Word and did what was right in their own eyes. They were surrounded by social chaos, political turmoil, and lawlessness.

Please understand that the Israelites were not ignorant of God. They had grown up listening to the stories of how Abraham believed for a son, how Jacob wrestled with an angel, how Miriam danced a victory jig. All around, they saw signs of God’s handiwork—here are twelve stones heaped up in the Jordan River where God rolled back the waters, and here are the ruins of Jericho where the walls came down with a shout. This generation knew God, but they chose to act as if He did not exist. They fell into the hands of the enemy who carried them away as captives. They were in a serious rut.

Have you ever found yourself in a serious rut? In the course of everyday obligations, it is easy to find ourselves overwhelmed, bogged down and stuck. Preoccupation with the demands of life can cause us to act as though God does not exist. When we neglect to pray, we cut off the communication line that speaks power into every area of our lives. When we ignore His Word in favor of other pursuits, we can cross over into lawlessness where we are buffeted by a culture that declares good to be evil and vice versa. The enemy can carry us off into confusion and chaos, doubt and disorder.

If you find yourself in a rut, be encouraged! Call out to God Who is attuned to your every cry. You are divinely positioned to be sprung! You are His lamb. He will leave the ninety-nine to search you out, lift you from the ravine, lovingly place you over His shoulders, and carry you back to the safety of the fold. He will spring you from the trap, the rut into which you have fallen to walk again in freedom and truth.

Today’s Blessing: 

Heavenly Father, I gratefully thank You for pulling me from the pit, rescuing me from the ruts and ravines. Help me to always remember that You exist and that You reward those who diligently pursue You. Set my feet on the solid rock that is Christ Jesus. In His name, Amen.

Today’s Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Numbers 6:1-7:89

New Testament 

Mark 12:38-13:13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 49:1-20

Proverbs 10:27-28


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