“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” (Psalm 40:2.)
God can lift you out of the ‘pit,’ even if you dug it yourself and jumped in. He lovingly rescues us when we cry out to him. I know sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. If you feel stuck, ask yourself what still might need to be done on your part.
Maybe it’s a phone call to a friend or a therapist. It could be attending a recovery meeting or support group to deal with an addiction or lifelong personality disorder.
Perhaps you’re carrying a resentment from an old wound and God needs you to forgive before he can move you forward.
In the bible Jesus tells the story of the ‘lost son’ who squanders all his inheritance on wild living and ends up penniless in a pig field wishing he could dine on what the pigs are eating:
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” (Luke 15:17-20).
The son was broke, lonely, desolate, and starving when he ‘came to his senses.’ In recovery meetings we call this ‘hitting bottom.’ God introduces himself to a lot of folks at the bottom of that ‘slimy pit.’
It’s there that He often sets options before us that require action on our part. The son had to:
- Acknowledge his situation
- Admit his sin against God and his earthly father
- Humble himself before God and his father
- Return to his father’s house
- Ask his father for help
In this story the father not only welcomes the son back home, he celebrates his return by preparing a gourmet feast!
The son has nothing to offer the father but sin and brokenness, but the father pours out his amazing grace by restoring him to a place of honor.
This is the story of Jesus Christ who died for your dysfunction, addiction, anger, promiscuity, confusion, Narcissism, Co-dependency, and wasted youth.
If you feel like you’re stuck at the bottom of a pit, there is a hand reaching down to help you out.
Will you take it?