(Based on the book Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore)
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 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. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to God. Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.
Psalm 40: 1-3
Okay, if you’ve been following along with the posts, you will remember that we are doing a series of sorts as I share some information from the book mentioned in the title. If you haven’t been following along, no worries just go back and read the previous two posts so you’ll be up to speed. You can find Part 1 HERE, and Part 2 HERE.
We now know that a pit may be identified as a place where you feel stuck, where you are unable to stand up against the enemy, and where you have lost your vision. We also covered the idea that there are three ways one is likely to end up in a pit to begin with: you may get thrown in, you may slip in, or you may make a calculated and rather foolish choice and jump in. Let’s continue by discussing how exactly one might get out. You are interested in getting out, right? Yeah, I thought so.
So getting out will take a bit more work than getting in and you will not be able to get out by yourself. One of the truest indicators that you are indeed in a pit is your inability to get back out without some help, usually a lot of help. As you make the decision to get out of the pit, your first step will be to choose a deliverer. There are two possible choices.
First, you could choose another person to help you out. Many go this route. The benefit to this choice is that you will have a face to put with the aid; someone to talk to that you can actually see is an appealing thing. The downside is this: when you put another person in the position of deliverer, you inevitably place that person on a pedestal. A wise person once told me that pedestals are both slippery and tippy, and anyone standing atop of one is likely to fall. Correct! When you place a person on a pedestal as your deliverer, that person will fall – most likely on top of you! As much as either of us dislikes admitting it, you and I are just too much for another person to take on. We would suck the very life out of another. The end result would probably be a quick return to the pit for us complete with added bumps, bruises and breaks, and our unfortunate deliverer would have sustained substantial injury as well. You see another person may be able to help pull you out of a pit, but that person will never be able to keep you out. Our human limitations predetermine it. But there is another choice, another way out; you could choose God.
If you are wise enough to forgo a human deliver and opt instead for God, you are in for an adventure! When you choose God, you get all of God: God the Father who created all life, God the son – Jesus – who paid your debt in full before you ever even knew the bill was coming and continues to intercede for you in heaven, God the Spirit who will teach and comfort and provide consul. And the coolest thing is you will never exhaust the supply of God. Big as your mess may be, it is not too much for Him. But there is a catch, sort of.
If you choose God, He will require everything. He is not interested in being a part-time deliverer or sharing the stage with another person. If you choose God to get you out of the pit, He will want all of you. Everything. Nothing held back! Are you willing to give everything? Think on it for a bit; it’s a rather serious question. Are you in? Okay! Stay tuned for the next steps, three of them, and they all involve your mouth!