Perils of the Pit

Psalm 40:2
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

I started reading my Bible last night and asked God what He wanted to share with me tonight. I opened my Word to Psalms and read a few passages. Somehow (well, we know it’s not somehow, right?), the pages kept flipping back to the verse above…He brought me up also out of an horrible pit. I was struck by that word pit. My thoughts turned to Joseph and how he must have felt when his brothers threw him in his pit.

Genesis 37:24
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.

Can you imagine being in a pit like that? A dark, empty place, no way out. And he knew exactly who put him there – his own family! That is a subject for another blog all by itself. But that pit, that pit.

I know what it is like to be in that place. No way out. What do I do when I don’t know what to do? How do I keep going when it seems like all hope is lost? How do I escape the dark, empty place that has become my life? Why does bad seem to be all that comes my way when I pray? I praise, I worship, I give God my whole heart, and yet I am in this pit of despair.  Can I dare to muster up the drive to think there is hope for me?

Genesis 37:28
Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Yes, yes yes! There is hope for me! I know it as sure as I know my name. Joseph’s pit was the turning point in his life. His darkest hour, his source of pain, was the shift that turned his life from despair into hope. He lay in that pit all night and wondered what was going to happen to him. Would his life end in that pit?

When the Midianites lifted him out, he saw the daylight of the first day of the rest of his new life. His old life was gone and he was lifted into his purpose and calling. He didn’t even know it then that God had His hands on Him and was with him every step of the way. It didn’t feel like it, I’m sure. He was in bondage after all.  There were many, many trials he had to face before he was put in the position of the Pharaoh’s right hand man. I wonder if he felt like I do at times…just when you come through one thing, here come something else.

We have to face the fact that it may not feel good right now. But we can’t go on what we feel. No way! We must hold on and know that no matter how it feels, God is still in control.

After I read this and all this was turning in my mind, I tossed and turned all night with a temperature of 102. I sweated and could not get comfortable. I kept thinking about that pit and if this was what it felt like. I was alone in my misery and all I could do was cry out to God! I prayed, praised, and called out every scripture my burning brain could remember.  I had to bless God even when I didn’t feel like it. Morning came and I was still here. Still feeling sick in my body but my spirit was rejoicing.

I know that we all face situations that make you wonder if God is there. Does He really understand what I am going through? Is He really in my pit of depression, bills, financial mess, sickness? Does He not know that I just need a break?

Consider the outcome of Joseph’s life and begin to praise God for what He is going to do for you! Even in adversity, there is reason to have hope and to give thanks. (David Mills)  When Joseph’s brothers came before him and were scared of what he would do in retaliation for putting him in that pit he said this:

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

We face so much in this life. But I choose today to have hope for a brighter tomorrow. If God can take Joseph out of that pit and place him in a palace, I have hope that He can do so much more with my life. I am a daughter of God and am walking into my calling and purpose with praise and thanksgiving.  He’s lifted me out of many pits and He can and will do it again! Many lives were saved because Joseph endured that pit. Someone is waiting on you to come out and tell them how you made it through!

You may feel bad right now but rest assured that what is meant for evil, God is meaning for good in your life to save  the people only you can touch. Your ministry, your anointing, your calling, your witness, your story, the perils of your pit, will help someone understand the saving power of Jesus.  And that’s what it’s all about!

Until Next Time,

I Remain Your Advocate for Victorious Living!

Author: Victoria E. Henderson Poole

Psalms 23 tells us that as we are led beside the still waters, our souls are refreshed. My prayer is that the words shared here will help to lead you to that place where you can find peace. Only in Christ Jesus is there fullness of joy!

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