My wife took one look at my face and asked“What’s wrong?”

“I am in there again,” I said. “The pit.”  

The pit is a negative, destructive, hurting, discouraging, hopeless place where no one can cheer you up and you wonder if there ever was or is a God. 

Have you ever had such times? Discouragement can be devastating even to the best of believers. It can bring us so low. The writer of Proverbs phrased it well when he said, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). When we get so low that we despair of our belief, we can identify with the prophet Elijah who wanted to die after being so discouraged with life.

I am well acquainted with this place. In fact, for many long years it was my dwelling place. My pit was dark, and cold, and mucky; and since I could find no way out, I learned to live…in the pit. 

But I hated the pit. I wanted out. And one day, someone told me that God had made a way out of the pit. So I cried out to God. “Help me – please help me out of this pit I am in!”

Not long afterward I was offered a way out of the pit. I was extended a hand, and I took it. I was able to climb out. I found a new life outside of the pit. The pit was no longer my home.   

We all lived in the pit at one time. Sadly, many still do. But God has given us a way out of the pit and He will hear your cry for help, and Jesus Christ will reach in and lift you out of the pit. The pit is death. The new life in Jesus Christ is life everlasting.

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.

Psalm 40:1- 2

I may stumble in this new life and slip back into the pit, but praise God! – I know the way out.  As I continue to grow in my understanding and knowledge of God, I slip less frequently. When I find myself back in the pit, I am not there long. It is not my home any longer and I refuse to spend time there.

Do you live in the pit? You can get out…if you want to. The choice is always ours to make.  

“The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”  

– 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Amen.

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