Daily Devotional
Are You Sinking Deeper?

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

Ponder This

One day I drove my car off the hot pavement and out into a grassy area because I knew where there was a persimmon tree. I love persimmons. But I got impossibly stuck in the mud. I got a board and tried to dig myself out. I found a piece of carpet in the woods and put that under the tires. They only sunk deeper.

I prayed, “Lord, I’m in the mud. I’m helpless here. Lord, get me out.” At almost the same time, a man drove by in a four-wheel vehicle. With that mighty truck, he pulled me slowly out of the mud. I was back on solid ground. I was so grateful. I hadn’t known what to do, but God sent someone who did.

That’s so much like salvation. We’re looking for the things of this world and sinking in the mud. We think, “I can get myself out of this.” The more we try to handle it, the deeper we sink. We need someone who sees us and comes to get us out. Jesus is a Savior. He has what it takes to extricate us from the mud we’ve gotten into.

Back at home, I began to wash off my muddy car. That man got me out of the mud, but it was up to me to deal with the mud still on there. When I got saved, I was covered with mud. But since then, I’ve been having Jesus, the Water of Life, clean me up.

Practice This

You can struggle all you want, but you’re only going to sink deeper. Stop the struggle. Surrender to Christ. You don’t have what it takes to get out unless someone takes you out. That one is Jesus. His name is Wonderful. He is the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.