When You Feel Stuck – 3 Moves You Can Make

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Jen is dealing with a situation right now that has her feeling stuck. She’s not sure what to do about it and doesn’t feel like she can take it much longer. She feels like she is just a step away from panicking and doing something desperate.

There’s nothing worse than feeling stuck.

Whether it’s an addiction, a chronically troubled relationship, financial distress, or an impossible work environment, circumstances like these can leave us feeling hopeless.

In the psalms, David once compared his problems to being trapped in a slime pit of sorts. It was a situation he really wanted to get out of but couldn’t, at least not for a while. It was too deep, too complex.

In Psalm 40, he tells the story:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

You see, David was way down but not so far down that the Lord could not reach him. By God’s grace, he went “from the mire to the choir.” Based on his survival account, here are a few moves you can make, even when you feel stuck.

  1. Pray through it. We say this a lot, but it bears repeating. David said the Lord “heard my cry” (v. 1). That means he had been praying from the depths, asking God for relief. And his prayer probably didn’t sound all nice and composed. Literally, it was a cry for help and that’s a cry that God always hears.

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  2. Patiently persevere. Notice David said “I waited patiently for the Lord” (v. 1). We all know that God doesn’t necessarily intervene immediately when we are in crisis. This can be frustrating. Why would He leave us in a pit? Though it is very hard to understand, especially when you feel stuck, there is greater potential for growth in crisis than there is in comfort. God knows your breaking point and He will faithfully provide what you need, when you need it (I Corinthians 10:13).
  3. Practice His presence. The image we have of God being “up there” staring down at us as we wallow in the mud and cry for help is not an accurate one. Jesus told the disciples He would be with them always and, by the Spirit, He fulfills this promise today. So don’t imagine God outside of your situation. See Him right smack in the middle of it, with you.

Feeling stuck is hard, but the good news is you are not actually stuck – it just feels like it. There are moves you can make. And because of the cross and resurrection of Jesus, there is hope for a breakthrough, no matter how unbeatable your situation seems to be.

Here’s to getting unstuck.

It’s a new day with God. Run with it.


4 thoughts on “When You Feel Stuck – 3 Moves You Can Make

  1. Thank you Pastor Dave!!! You were right on time with this message. As I’m in my car (right now) listening to Matt Redman’s song, “Your Grace Finds Me,” your devotion popped up on my phone. I have been praying that my Lord heal me from a relationship that I know will not go anywhere, but I was so attracted to a man, who I feel in love with, but knew it wasn’t going to work out, because of the complications. I became addicted to him and just last night, I told him that it had to end.

    By the way, I enjoy reading your devotions – it makes my day and always gives me hope🤗.

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      1. Amen, Pastor Dave!!! Yes, that’s for sure!!! I would of never imagined myself ever get involved and in a toxic/complicated relationship, but it happened and I was so addicted to him. The attraction was magnetic for both of us. I have been praying and praying that my Gracious Lord hear my cry for help. I wasn’t about to give up on Him. Your teachings have taught me how to be patient and wait upon His timing.

        Anthony and I are doing well. Trying to find a local church nearby. I’ve been to a few, but have not found the right one for us. We now live in Fullerton.

        Please say hello to your family. I miss all of you and often think of you guys.

        If ever you come to California, please text or email me. I would love to see my beautiful friends.

        God bless and thank you for your devotions. I love reading them. Very inspirational!!!

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  2. That’s amazing, Denia. So thankful to God for opportunities to “back out” of situations and start over. We all find ourselves there from time to time. You are missed so much by our family. Sage, in particular, misses your egg-salad sandwiches! Much love!

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