Discouragement, confusion, loneliness, frustration, anger and the like are all attitudes and emotions that we have all experienced in our walk with God. When one or more of these feelings overtake us, we describe the way we feel by saying, “I am down in the muck”. I don’t know if you have ever heard that term used before, but growing up in the south introduces you to all kinds of strange sayings to describe many of life’s circumstances.
Muck is a dark, moist, filthy soil which is what most people call mud. So when someone uses the term “down in the muck”, they are describing a very undesirable place.
I have noticed in the scripture that God’s people have a way of getting themselves mired down in muck. David got neck deep in muck when he committed adultery and murder, Peter stepped into it when he denied the Lord, Mary felt stuck in muck when she got an unexpected visit from an angel of the Lord that altered her entire life plan, Paul wallowed in the muck on several occasions as he had to face many difficult hardships and trials. Yes, God’s people have found themselves from time to time buried in muck.
I know there have been times in my own life where I have felt stuck and bogged down life’s muck. I’m sure you can relate to what I am saying. Everyone experiences the muck of life and no one likes it. But muck is inevitable from time to time. Whether we bring it on ourselves or it is no fault of our own, muck seems to find us all. Are you down in the muck today? Do you feel trapped by a dark, thick trial? If so, I have some good news for you! All we have to do is visit the scriptures to see that all throughout history God’s people have gotten their foot caught or completely fallen into the muck. You may say, “Paul, that’s not encouraging!” Let me finish my thought. If you are in the muck today, you are not alone and you are not abandoned because God makes it clear in scripture.
Psalms 40:2 says, “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
You can know with certainty today that, just as God rescued you before; He will rescue you again. God will not leave you trapped in muck. I encourage you today to look up! Look up and see His Hand reaching out to you. Reach out and take hold of His power to save and deliver. God loves you! You are His child and He is your deliverer. Call out to the Lord and see His mighty Hand reach down and rescue you today! God will lift you out, clean you up, and place your feet on solid footing.