Psalm 34:18: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Sometimes life comes at us in a mad rush of confusion, chaos, torment and pain. It beats us down like ocean waves, one thing right after another. When this happens, we get to a point where we feel we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Or, we feel we’ve fallen into a deep, dark pit.
Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” This bears consideration. Many people find themselves in the deep, dark pits life offers at times, and they feel there is no hope, so the begin to settle into life in the pit. After awhile life there begins to feel somewhat comfortable. No, it isn’t pleasant, but the unknown, the work involved in getting out of the pit seems daunting.
If you find yourself in a pit, don’t get comfy cozy there. Don’t start decorating the place. Pictures on the dank, dark walls, rugs on the floor of instability, instead, begin to dig your way out. The Word of God will give you the ability to dig handholds in the walls, wisdom will be imparted to you if you will ask for it. (James 1:5). Reading the word will give you the strength to pull yourself up and out of that place.
There are many ways to get into a pit. Joseph was put in one by his brothers. Many times, those we trust and love can cast us into a pit by betrayal and selfishness. Harmful, wounding words from those we look up to can cast us into a pit. Other times we see something which resides in a pit and willingly run full speed ahead and jump into the abyss all on our own. Like starting an affair with that guy at the office when you know full well that he’s married. Then there are the times when we stumble into the pit due to a lack of self-control or ignorance on our part like marrying someone after we’ve seen enough red flags to attract every bull on a Texas cattle ranch. Or investing in a stock we know to be iffy, against the advice of our broker. Life can throw enough force at us to knock us into a pit. An unforeseen accident, the death of a loved-one, or an illness.
As Christians we are not exempt from the pitfalls of life. The enemy of our soul makes sure that many are placed in our path. Take Churchill’s advice, when you find yourself in one of these hidden, unforeseen pits, don’t slow down, keep moving forward. Keep looking up, keep seeking God. Stay in His Word and do your best to obey it. The Lord will extend a hand of mercy of lift you up. All you have to do is trust Him. Until next time!