Are you facing anything in life right now that seems insurmountable? Trouble at the office? Loneliness in your single life? Difficulties in your marriage? Prodigal child? Unfaithful friend? Negative bank balance? Bad news from the doctor? I pray that today’s message will be a source of comfort and encouragement to you, making it clear that no rescue is beyond the reach of your Redeemer.
Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it. (2 Kings 6:1-7)
Can you imagine a situation more hopeless? The borrowed axe head had fallen into the water, plummeting down to settle on the bottom. Gone was the axe head, and likely the trust granted to the borrower by the tool’s owner was gone with it. Or was it? Once again we see that “with God all things are possible” . . . even making steel swim!
If God can make steel swim, He can turn any situation in your life around in an instant. He delights in blessing His people and blessing them in ways that make it crystal clear that it was God who did the blessing.
So . . . what steel in your life do you need to swim? With God on your side you can live with hope, even in the face of what seems hopeless. The impossible becomes possible in the hands of the Almighty. God can raise you out of the ashes of defeat and bring you into a new season of success. He can meet you in your place of darkness and make it so bright that you gotta wear shades!
Now, it’s important to note that God had the man reach out his hand and take back the lost axe head. Yes, the steel did swim because of the grace of God, but even in that grace God had the man reach out to receive it. You are not a passive bystander in the life you are living. You are called to do your part, to get involved, and to play your role. Yes, the race you are running you run by grace . . . but you are still running it.
Paul questioned the Christians at Corinth, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize?” And then he added this exhortation: “So run that you may obtain it” (1 Corinthians 9:24). Other than our Lord Himself, no one taught the doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone more clearly than the apostle Paul. And yet he too stressed our active role in living the Christian life.
Reach where God instructs you to reach. Grow where God instructs you to grow. Stretch where God instructs you to stretch. Stand still where God instructs you to stand still. Remember, God will only ask you to do what He has given you the strength to do. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).
Every promise God has made to us finds its “Yes!” in Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20) and that includes the promise to make whatever steel you are facing today . . . swim!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!