Have you ever had “one of those days”? I was on my way to take my pug to the vet. He was scheduled for an early morning surgery but I decided to swing by McDonalds for a coffee. I left him in the truck and went in just for a couple minutes. When I returned my dog was eagerly waiting for me with his paws on the window sill. I pulled at the door but found that Sarge had accidentally locked the door and my keys were still in the ignition. As I waited for my second set of keys I found a rod in the back and tried to slide it in to unlock the window. My efforts resulted in a shattered window but a rescued pug.
Sarge had locked himself in my truck and was helpless to get out. I find sometimes people get locked into certain situations that they can’t get themselves out of. Perhaps a sinful lifestyle or an addiction or even a state of discouragement or depression can lock us in and refuse to let us go. Our gracious Heavenly Father does not want us confined and locked in. He has made us to be free from sin and always gives us a way out. He tells us in 1 Cor. 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape…”. I think of David locked in a sinful affair refusing to repent and God sent Nathan with the rod of rebuke and helped David out of his sinful denial. I think of Elijah locked into a serious depression and God sent an angel with the rod of encouragement who fed and ministered to Elijah until he was ready to get up and get back in service.
Are you finding yourself locked in? God loves you so much. If you are His child He will take radical measures to rescue you. He may even have to break a few windows to get you out.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation