Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV) 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.
Aren’t you thankful for the faithfulness of God? The loving hand that pulls us up out of the pitfalls of life, cleans us off, heals our wounds and sets us on our course with His Mercy, Grace and Love. Even strong believers stumble in life, but the Lord promises that He will catch us every time. He always has a rescue plan and escape route for His Beloved Children. Trouble is sometimes we don’t want to be saved. There are pits of destruction dug by our own hands – situations that once seemed controlled and compromises that appeared manageable. Ignorance is never bliss. Discernment is essential to those who desire prosperity and promise. God’s Way is non-negotiable. Not because He is callous and uncaring, instead He is perfect from the start. No change of heart when it comes to His Beloved – God is all in from the start. Those who are not all in will fall in every time.
Psalm 37:23-24 (ESV) The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Though he fall…the Lord knows that in our human weakness that it is our nature to stumble at times. To trip over the carefully laid lie of the enemy or fall into the trap of comparison or maybe complaining. To somehow avert our gaze from the Lover of our Soul to lesser things. To lose focus on the prize of His Promises and accept substitutions and settlements offered by the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy every good thing that God is doing in us and through us. The promise in Psalm 37 is that though he or she may fall…God in His Abundance of Faithfulness will not allow us to be cast headlong but upholds us with His Hand. Thank you God for loving me enough not to leave me even when I fall flat on my face.
There are many pitfalls in life. Some hand hewn by the enemy for the unsuspecting and then those of our own design. We can be our own pit digger. Compromise is the chief constructer of pot holes that cause us to stumble and fall. Grace washes our wounds while truth bridges the gap for those who learn to trust the Lord rather than relying on the world for acceptance, affirmation and acknowledgement. Every one stumbles. Every one falls. But those who love the Lord and trust Him will always get up because His Hand and Heart will never leave us in our mess if we cry for help to get out of it.
Psalm 73:23-26 (ESV) Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Every pit has a purpose. In Psalm 73, Asaph admits “my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” Have you ever been envious or jealous? Of course, it happens. How about mad when someone who lives a sinful rebellious life is ridiculously blessed or the faithful Christian is diagnosed with cancer? Come on. We all have certain expectations cast by religious thinking that exempts good people from bad things and makes the “sinner” the moving target. God is the God of the Impossible. Miracles happen when something becomes impossible. To desire signs and wonders means asking God to do something that would otherwise not occur in nature. The supernatural arrives at the surrender of the natural. So when we end up in the pit and there seem to be no way out – the Waymaker comes. Good people like Joseph, Daniel, the three Hebrew boys and Lazarus all ended up in pits of destruction. In each account, God turned it into a miracle.
Every pit has a purpose – the ones dug by our own choices and those permitted by the Hand of God. God is after our heart. He wants to be our portion. He desires our trust to do exactly as He promised. He is the Restorer and Healer for all those tumbles taken in the race of faith. He is the One who takes broken hearts and makes them into masterpieces according to His Word. We must learn to keep our eyes on Jesus and stop stumbling in the dark. When we find ourselves face down in the pit, we must cry to the One who reaches down to draw us out and place us securely back on solid ground.
Proverbs 4:11-13 (ESV) I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.