by Diane Virginia
Slip ‘n slides… Do you remember them? I sure do! They provided swift and energetic water rides for my sister and me during childhood. Mom would hook the hose to our plastic slide, sprinkle a few drops of dish soap onto its surface to add to its slipperiness, and away we’d go! Dad would swoop us up at the end of the slide, and then we would turn and run towards Mom, ready for another go-round. Soon, our squeals of delight would be heard by the neighbor kids, and we would have a yard filled with playmates, all eager to slide with us down the slide’s slippery slope.
It is easy to slide downhill when we are on a slip ‘n slide. However, trying to reverse course is difficult at best, and next to impossible after reaching the mid-point because by then momentum kicks in.
Psalm 37:23-24 gives us wise instruction as to how we can avoid sin’s slippery slope. By meditating on God’s Words, we know what actions to take. And, unlike slip ‘n slides of the natural, we can reverse course. We can jump off this slip ‘n slide.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:
and he delighteth in his way.”
Psalm 37:23 KJV
But what if we are past the mid-point, and already traveling downhill at breakneck speed? Is there hope at this point? Don’t despair! In Psalm 37:24, we see our Heavenly Father taking swift decisive action. The moment we reach our hand to Him, He reaches to us with His divine hand and rescues us. God helps us off the slip ‘n slide of sin at any point!
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”
Psalm 37:24 KJV
Just as my dad was willing to scoop participants off the slide whenever they would call to him, and just as he also was the catcher positioned at all points of the slide, whether he was needed at the beginning, the middle, or the end, God is willing to rescue us at any point.
Even if we do fall, when we reach to Him, He catches us and helps us to rise again. He does this through His Word. As we read the Bible, His gentle instruction becomes our refuge.
“The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.”
Psalm 37: 31 RSV
No matter where we are on the slip ‘n slide of life, God is available to us. He cares for us so much He sent His Son Jesus to pay the penalty of death for our sins. And then, Jesus rose victorious over sin and death. God wants us to be free from sin’s slippery slope by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ. There’s forgiveness and a new start in Jesus, my friend, but there’s more….
Whether we are newly saved, at a mid-point in our spiritual journey, or we’ve journeyed with the LORD for a long time, God extends forgiveness through Jesus all along the way. So, when you find yourself on the slip ‘n slide of sin, turn to the One who’s always loved you and is willing to rescue you.
Father God, thank You that You help me to navigate the slippery slopes of life.
If I fall or slip, I ask You to grasp my hand and lift me up again.
Slip ‘n Slides is a testimony based on real life events.
Copyright © 2017: All Rights Reserved: VineWords Stories and Devotions Inspired by the Vine: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: Slip ‘n Slides: http://www.vinewords.net
Published (similar version): The Secret Place Devotional Magazine: Summer, 2017: Editors M. Ingrid and Wayne E. Dvirnak: Judson Press: http://www.judsonpress.com
About the Author
Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: An Intimate Exploration into Song of Solomon and Behind the Veil: Becoming the Bride of Song of Solomon (both awaiting publication). She is passionate about sharing Beloved Jesus’ divine love for you, His bride, as allegorically portrayed in the vignette, Song of Solomon.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer-stations for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places you as Beloved’s bride travel to in Song of Solomon.
Diane is a regular contributor for Christian Broadcasting Network and Faith Beyond Fear. She has also written for Pentecostal Publishing House, The Secret Place, and other ministries.[Top]