“I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”
Psalms 40:1-2 NKJV
Bad things happen. In the best of conditions, there can be missteps that can sideline the best of intentions. It can happen suddenly with no forewarning and bring disaster to a life. Often these events just happen, with no complicity from us. They can also be caused by the misdeeds of others, where the victim is simply collateral damage.
Whether it be physical incidents or spiritual ones, the effects can be devastating. For the believer sin can sideline a spiritual life. In the midst of it, there is no growth, no progress. We find ourselves digging a pit and making it deeper by our own efforts to escape.
I have, more than I would like to admit, found myself caught up in sin, wallowing in a muddy pit of dispair. The most devastating for me is the creeping sin of not forgiving sins against me. That, and other sins, leave me trapped in that pit. I struggle to get a foothold and just find myself slipping in deeper. In the end I am just digging a bigger hole.
We like to think that we can get ourselves out without the help of God. We fail to consider that the pride that keeps us from reaching out for help is the very same pride that put us in the pit in the first place. Pride is the foundation of all sin. Humility is the only way to get out.
I can remember so many efforts to deal with the many sin areas that have periodically ensnared me over the years. It was like trying to push a boulder up the hill, only to lose my grip and see it roll back down. I tried as I might to push my sin boulder up the hill. I get near the top and start feeling righteous, only to lose my grip.
I struggled in my pride to get a footing in the pit, only to slip. I feel hopelessly lost in unhealthy habits, reoccurring sins, destructive thinking as I wallow in the mud at the bottom of the pit. A pit of my own creation.
Finally, I cry out to God. He hears me and brings me from the pit. Unlike us, He doesn’t mock us or remind us of our failings. There is no “I told you so.” He doesn’t hesitate to pull us out of the mire, again and again.
As I have grown in the faith, I have slowly learned to recognize the wet spots in my life that could easily become a mire if I hazard to trod on them. His word is teaching me to stay on the solid ground. By the power of His Holy Spirit, I am humiliated and know where my strength comes from.
There will always be wet, soggy areas in my life, mud puddles that are so tempting to jump in. The key is knowing that I don’t have to jump in. I can walk around them by the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the great thing about our faith in Jesus. We in Christ are not slaves to sin. He has given us all that we need to resist.
It is all about choices.
Pray that the Lord fill you with His Holy Spirit so that you avoid the bog and stay on solid ground. If you don’t know Jesus, you are in the deepest pit of all, the one leading to eternity in hell. The God of Glory can pull you from that pit if you acknowledge that you are a sinner and can’t save yourself. Jesus will forgive your sins. Do that today!
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