As I read an article online that basically told me of the top ten pitfalls to avoid in life, part of me wanted to laugh out loud. If avoiding pitfalls were that easy, wouldn’t we all be happy and problem free?
A pitfall means you’ve fallen into a pit!
Friend, there ain’t nothing nice about a pit! Webster’s dictionary defines a pit as a hole, a cavity in the ground, or a place of futility, misery, or degradation. One of Satan’s best tricks is that of deception. We don’t just fall into these pits, something causes us to fall. And to make matters worse, there’s so many! A pit can be a result of abandonment, loneliness, infidelity, addiction, pride and so much more.
What pit did you fall in? Did you fall in or did someone or something pull you in? Didn’t we think it was better to look after self first? One time couldn’t hurt, right? We were sure we had everything under control. Sure we did. That’s why some of us are crying right now and unsure of how to fix the problems we have.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that pitfalls are made to sound like little obstacles along our paths. I don’t know about you but my pit was real bad! Mine was like an expensive, deep, dark hole that I’m still not sure how it all began. Expensive in the fact that it cost me joy, peace, relationships, family time and trust. Can anyone relate to this?
And while part of me wanted to laugh at the article, the other part wanted to rejoice because the good news is that while you’re down there in the damp, miry, muck of the pit, that’s exactly where your life can change for the better, forever. Many great people have fallen in and learned to open their hearts and minds to the realization that we simply can’t make this journey alone or with our judgement. Not only did they fall but they became great because of their pits. What better guide than God in control of your life! Satan is standing in front of every major decision and temptation, beckoning us his way. It doesn’t look or feel like him, but it is! Through prayer and faith, the Holy Spirit can help us discern right from wrong. Once we’ve fallen, our lives can be shredded by the consequences of what we were sure was a good thing. So what do we do in the pit? We wait. We call out to our Heavenly Father to help us. We wait some more.
In Psalms 40:1, David said
“I waited patiently on the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.”
When we’re alone and feel as if no one cares or hears us and our pillows are soaked with tears, just know that God is there and He cares. Reach out to Him and admit that your way isn’t working. Surrender your life to him and He will get right down there in the muck with you and lovingly lift you out. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done. There is light in His word and it will help you see clearly and beyond Satan’s blinders.
David went on to say in verse 2:
“He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. “
Muck is heavy. It causes you to feel stuck as if you’re in quicksand and unable to move. Once He lifts you out, as no other can, you can say along with David in verse 3,
“He has put a new song in my mouth– Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
Don’t you want a new song? I mean a really joyous song? Sure there may be times when you feel like you still have the stench of that nasty old pit on you but God has promised us that through faith in Jesus, we are saved, we are free, forgiven and redeemed. Hallelujah!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” -2 Co 5:17 NKJV
NOW THAT’S GOOD NEWS!