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You fear you won’t. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave…We wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten? We feel stuck, trapped, locked in. Predestined for failure. Will we ever exit this pit?

Yes!

Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras—bold, brassy, and everywhere.

Deliverance:

out of the lion’s den for Daniel,

the prison for Peter,

the whale’s belly for Jonah,

Goliath’s shadow for David,

the storm for the disciples,

disease for the lepers,

doubt for Thomas,

the grave for Lazarus,

and the shackles for Paul.

God carries us through stuff:

through the Red Sea onto dry ground (Exodus 14:22),

through the wilderness (Deuteronomy 29:5),

through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4),

and through the deep sea (Psalm 77:19).

Through is a favorite word of God’s:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2 NKJV)

Max Lucado, God Will Carry You Through, Thomas Nelson, 2013, pp. 2-3.

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