The same happens to all who forget God.
The hopes of the godless evaporate.
Their confidence hangs by a thread.
They are leaning on a spider’s web. – Job 8:13-14


I find that leaning is getting easier every day. In fact, most days it’s completely unintentional. Like the people in the V-8 commercials, I’m constantly at an angle and looking for something to lean against. Something that will hold me up.

The important questions to put to myself are these:
Have I forgotten about God?
Has my hope evaporated?

These things I’m leaning on… the answers from men, faith of my own, medication to help, even encouragement from others… none of these things are bad, in and of themselves. However, if these things are all I am clinging to, leaning against, depending on, then how confident should I be?

As the scripture above says, my confidence hangs by a thread. These things are so tenuous, likely to come crashing down at any moment, and bound to disappoint.

I am leaning on a spider’s web. Expecting it to be as solid as a rock, as dependable as a strong tower. How foolish I am!

Maybe you’ve been leaning on a spider’s web, too? I hope I can encourage you today, as I’m encouraging myself, to go ahead and lean… but only on the everlasting arms. Only on the rock that is higher than I.

These things will renew my hope. They will strengthen my confidence. I will remember my God, and His beautiful promises.

Dear God, thank You for the beautiful words and perfect imagery we find in the Bible. Please help me remember to be more mindful in my leaning, and depend only on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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16 Comments on “Leaning

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement, Tracy! You are a blessing! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Thanks for encouraging me, Lauren! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  1. Hi Shelly,

    Thank you for your encouraging post 🙂 .

    One of my sayings is, ‘leaning in’, leaning into Grace, leaning on the unchanging Rock.

    Today is a ‘leaning in’ day, and so grateful we have our Saviour’s everlasting love to lean into.

    God bless
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    • I’m grateful, too, Anita! Those are wonderful sayings. Thank you for sharing them here. Heart Hugs <3

  2. A spectacular photo to go with that verse!

    Thank you for the reminder. “Where does my help come from ? My help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
    Elizabeth recently posted…Positive Meme Monday #7My Profile

    • You always bless me, Barbie! Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. I love images that help me to understand biblical truth- leaning on a spider web sure portrays a clear message Shelly-! Spiders are probably unfairly a symbol for evil so make us run away- and like you make me want to run into the safe arms of Jesus.

    • Oh, Mary, I’m deathly afraid of spiders! Just feeling a web on me makes me a little crazy! LOL Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Thank you for lifting me up today! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • It’s a joy to join, Kelli! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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