“I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction; out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.” Psalm 40:1-4
“Fishers of men” can so easily get caught up in their assignment to share the Gospel that they end up forgetting the impact of their Message. It is so important to remember that the Gospel message is life changing. Hearing how God changes lives always inspires me to tell more people of the Good News concerning Jesus Christ. Yesterday was one of those days when I was reminded of the dramatic restorative power of God.
A lady who had been struggling with depression, rejection, and fear told me her story. The betrayal of a lifelong friend hurt her deeply. It affected their relationship and the career of her husband. 911 prayers were sent to God. Nothing happened. Having been deeply devoted to God for so many years, she thought that surely God would step in and fix this problem. He didn’t. Many others tried to help but she couldn’t bring herself to open up to them.
She cried out to God with no answer. She pled to Him for years. It appeared that God had left the scene. Her life had been unfairly wrecked and she felt like she was in a “miry bog” that was fatally eroding underneath her. Eventually she concluded that God didn’t care nor answer prayer. Her condition appeared hopeless and permanent. She couldn’t see or possibly know that her life was a reflection of the Psalmist’s testimony in Psalm 40.
Long story, short, she was eventually challenged to read and allow God to use this Psalm to bring about healing in her life. After reading it, she felt like her pain and suffering had been validated. Perhaps God had been listening. She also saw that there was a “rock” that she could stand on that would “make her steps secure.” God also used this text to birth a “new song” in her heart and the change was immediate. The change was dramatic and noticeable to all who knew her.
After hearing this story, I was reminded how important our mission is. It is critical that “fishers of men” deliver the redemptive message of Jesus Christ to those who are hurting, lost, hopeless, and stuck in “a miry bog.” The task is not a sterile, nor academic one. It is life changing and urgently needed.
“Fishers of Men”…please do some fishing. There are lives that depend on it.