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Pits to pedestals!

Verse for Today: Friday, January 27, 2012

Psalms 103:4 – (He) redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.

It astonishes us that our God knows our pitiful situations well and makes mends for us in unusual ways. He knows when we are going through the experience of pits in life. Sometimes we fall into pits dug for us by the enemy of our souls. At other times we dig our own pits through our thoughtlessness and carelessness. But once we are in a pit, we cannot get out of it by our own effort. These pits are dark and damp. They isolate us from all others and put us out of circulation. We loose all opportunities to be useful in life when we are in pits. Often others are unable to see us in pits and they cannot hear our cries for help because we are hidden from public eyes. But even if others they come around, they would not have the capacity to lift us up. So we are often forsaken by our circumstances to be in pits for long. It is a terribly discouraging experience to be in a pit of habits, addictions, circumstances, situations, events, misinterpretations and character assassinations. Sometimes we are thrown into pits by others out of sheer jealousy. They want to get rid of us because we are an inconvenience for them as it happened to Joseph. At other times we are thrown into pits because others resist our ministries as in the case of Jeremiah. When we are in the pits, we often wonder if there is any hope for us to come out and thus get exasperated. But our Lord knows when we are in pits and He recognizes how helpless we are. He will not forget us in our grief and agony as we are locked up in pits and will come to our rescue if we cry unto Him for help. He will not allow us to be destroyed and kept out of circulation because He has a grand plan for us. So He moves situations and people to come and get us out on His behalf to keep us going. But we come out by wearing the robes of lovingkindness and compassion of the Lord and bear witness to His mercy.

Dear reader, are you going through the experience of pits in your life lately? Have you been out of circulation as a shut in because your circumstances and situations pushed you into a pit? But your Lord will not forsake you in a pit forever. Perhaps you will learn to trust the Lord who is your only hope in a pit. When you call unto Him in your desperation, He will answer you. Perhaps you might be waiting a little too long for rescue. As moments go by, your hope might be diminishing. But your Lord has planned great ministries for you to undertake for Him. He wants you to be an example of people who have obtained His mercy in life to be able to counsel others who are in pits. Perhaps the Lord would want to use you to lift up the sagging spirits of those who are in pits by listening to your testimony of victory in the pit. Rest assured that your Lord will be with you in the pits of life and will minister unto your needs. He will guard you from getting into despair and despondency. He expects you to praise Him because He is with you in the pit and that He has valuable lessons of faith for you even in a pit. Sometimes the Lord sends you to pits to kill the devouring lions as in the case of Benaiah. When you come out at His time, you will be able to bear witness to His faithfulness to you by wearing the robes of His lovingkindness and compassion. Today let us thank Him for His mercy to us when we are in pits and praise Him for His compassion in bringing us out of it for His glory.

Psalms 40:2 – He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Thought for Today

When the world puts us into a pit, the Lord makes a heaven out of it through His presence and fellowship and pulls us out at the right time for greater ministries.

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