Has any of you ever stepped in quicksand? Not much of that here in South Texas but we do have the beach and when you stand where water meets sand you kind of start to sink. That’s as close as I have gotten to quicksand. Every time I think of quicksand I think of the Indiana Jones movie where Indy falls into quicksand and as he is in there he is trying not to struggle but you can tell the weight of the sand is slowly crushing him and pulling him under. The more he struggled the faster he started sinking until finally he goes under, but it doesn’t stop there. You see, you start to get desperate, you can’t breathe, you can’t touch bottom, and the weight of the sand is squeezing the life right out of you. You start to lose hope and just when you’re ready to give up you realize, “I can reach out”. So you reach up through the sand hoping and praying that someone will grab your hand and someone does. Hope starts to come back into your spirit. You think I am going to make it and you break thru the sand and gasp for air as you spit sand out of your mouth. You’re saved! You get a second chance to live life.
Life can be like quicksand. Life can be overwhelming at times, financial debt or maybe drugs or alcohol? The more we try to get out of it the deeper we sink. I was that way and I struggled and I sank deeper into drugs alcohol and into debt. I was losing hope, but I realized I couldn’t do it on my own. So, I reached out to the only One that could save me. I put my hand up and cried out, “God I need you, I can’t do this on my own”. He reached back and pulled me out of my quicksand. We have to realize, we can’t do this life on our own. The Apostle Paul realized he couldn’t do it on his own either. In Roman 7:14-25 Paul describes his struggle with sin and how he kept falling back deeper into it and he realizes he can’t do it on his own. In verse 25 Paul gives us the answer. He says:
” Thank God! The answer is on Jesus Christ our Lord! Jesus is our rescuer, He reaches out His hand to pull us out of our quicksand (struggle) and sets us on solid ground.”
Jesus did this for me and can do it for you too. Paul recaps in the rest of verse and says:
” So you see how it is : In my mind I really want to obey God’s law but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin and in so now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2 NLT
We are free from the quicksand of life. Thank God!