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Sunday, December 12, 2010

2 SAMUEL - Like a Deer

I used to be a lot more coordinated when I was young.

I’m not saying that I’m a klutz(there’s plenty of other people that can say that for me!!) – it’s just that I’m not quite as steady as I used to be.

I had a rather nasty stumble this past September. One second I was walking – SPLAT – the next second I was flat on the ground. Falling can happen quickly.

It can happen quickly in our spiritual lives, too.

One second we’re walking along securely, confidently, in the Lord – content in our lives, sure in our faith – when something comes along to trip up our feet of faith.

We stumble, sometimes we fall.

We get “off track.”

There are many things that can happen to “trip us up” spiritually. It can be a “curve ball” life circumstance. It can be something that happens to us or to a loved one – an injury, or illness, or even death. It can be financial, or emotional, or physical. Sometimes it’s spiritual. It can be an attack from the enemy, a temptation.

What are we to do?

It doesn’t matter what the "upset" is that gets us off track. It doesn’t matter what took our focus off of God and His purposes.

He wants to restore us to sure footing.

Today’s “Bible Pick ‘Ems” comes from the book of 2 Samuel:

“He [God] makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.” (2 Samuel 22:34)

How surefooted is a deer?

I like to watch documentaries about nature, especially about animals. I remember watching one that showed a deer trying to escape a predator. The predator was very swift, and was closing in on the tiny deer as it attempted to run away. All of a sudden, the deer began a rapid descent down a craggy, sheer cliff face. The predator tried to keep up, but the deer was always a little faster.

It was an amazing sight!

The little deer leaped from one stony outcropping to another. It balanced on surfaces barely larger than its little hooves. It scrambled over loose rocks, up and down, until the predator grew tired and gave up.

The deer ran with abandonment. It ran securely.

In today’s verses, David is praising God for being delivered from his enemies. He is acknowledging that it is only God who can make us “surefooted” enough to run with abandonment, to run securely.

God doesn’t promise to eliminate challenges from our lives. There will be treacherous cliff faces to negotiate. We will have to scramble our way through some tough life circumstances. We might even need to outrun an enemy.

But, God does promise to give us strength to meet these challenges. He will enable us to stand.

We cannot grow spiritually, we cannot have a strong faith without having to navigate some treacherous cliff faces from time to time.

Rough roads to walk, mountains to climb, battles to fight – these are what make patience and endurance manifest in our lives. These are what make us learn trust and obedience. These are what forge steadfast, immovable hearts that stand firm in the Lord.

Through all things, whether of our own mistakes, or the mistakes of others, or the frailties and fickleness of life circumstances, or the traps and temptations of the enemy – God is faithful to “keep us on track.”

He will strengthen us to run with abandonment, to run securely, to be “surefooted” on the crags, loose rocks, and sheer cliff faces of life.

For He desires to place us on the “heights!”

“You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.”
(Psalm 18:36)

“When in doubt, search God out!”


  1. I am so glad that God does give us the strength to go through the difficult seasons of our lives and that he is walking with us as we do so. During those times, I sometimes need to remind myself of his promises that he will not leave nor forsake us. It is so comforting to know that. It always makes me wonder how people who don't know him get through the tough times without the hope of him. Makes me want to be more of an ambassador to tell others about Jesus :)


  2. Amen Sharon, thank God for his grace to run this race and fight every obstacle we encounter. We can glory in our tribulations,knowing it works patience; and patience offers experience; and experience gives us hope. And hope will never make us ashamed. Nice post.

    I just also want to thank you for your visit and gracious comment. Have a blessed day.

  3. Psalm 18 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible, and you have quoted twice from this psalm.

    Psalm 18 and 2 Samuel 22 are identical - both contain the same psalm by David.

    And Psalm 18:36 is a verse that I have come to really love and embrace for it has been true in my life.

    I love the way you write a your Bible pick em posts - so thorough. You are a good teacher, you do not leave a stone unturned... so that every word you write is good to the last drop.

    Praise my Father for leading me here today, at 5 a.m. - such a refreshing place.

    Be blessed today, Sharon.


  4. Great analogy, Sharon. (My husband took a tumble last week, but thankfully he didn't break anything.) I love the passage you gave and I think I probably saw the same show about the deer. Just as God made them sure footed and able to stand, He enables us to stand firm before the enemy.

    Great post, my friend.


  5. Amen. The testing of our faith produces so much within us.

  6. Betty - I absolutely can't understand how anyone tries to make it through life WITHOUT God's help. His promises are comforting - His presence is strengthening. You've made a great point about being ambassadors. In many ways, we are the face of Jesus in this world - a great privilege and a tremendous responsibility.

    Toyin - Thanks for stopping by. Yes, God enables us to do so much - and so much more than we could EVER do on our own. He alone is the source of our hope!

    Lidj - I love that verse also. I'm not sure I could walk at all if the Lord didn't have me by the hand!! I'm so glad you stopped by today (bright and early!!) Thank you for your very gracious comments. I appreciate them more than you know.

    Joan - Oh dear! Glad to hear your husband is OK. I love the word "surefooted" - and it's exactly what I want to be. The feet that are firmly planted, are the ones that firmly stand! We have a predator chasing us, but God gives us firm footing. We can scale the cliff faces, we can climb the heights!

    Wanda - Oh yes! Testing is difficult, but so necessary. Spiritual growing pains enable us to develop into mature Christians - who can run with abandon, and run securely.


  7. Great encouraging words, Sharon. I love that 'surefooted'....I couldn't climb out of the depths of the valley without His strength not only in front and behind me - but within me.

    The JOY of my Lord is my STRENGTH - My portion forever.

    Blessings for a Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sharon. Thanks so much for your comments on the bridge. you are an awesome encourager and I too love the way your pull a post together. :)

    Patrina <")>><
    Warrior bride in boots

  8. Hello Sharon,

    Hope you are having a good day. I am glad you like my blog remodel:) I just also want to thank you for visiting me and your gracious comment as always. Have a lovely Christmas:)

  9. Patrina - I'm glad God promises me "surefootedness" in my walk of faith - sometimes I'm not that steady physically! He is the sure Presence in every valley, isn't He? I love what you put - He is our PORTION forever. We need never be hungry or thirsty - He feeds us - and keeps us strong so we can navigate the highs and lows of this life. Thanks for your kind compliments.

    Toyin - Thanks so much for stopping by. I always appreciate seeing your lovely smile, and your thoughtful comments. May God continue to set your feet on firm ground - giving the blessing of His "surefootedness!"

    Blessings to you both - hoping you have a WONDER-full Christmas!



"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!