Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! As we prepare to spend some time together today, my prayer is that we will be able to live with the assurance; that Jesus will always be there for us…no matter what we may face in this life…Amen!!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…listening to some music, while connecting heart to heart with God; He has been taking me back to a time, when I once felt as if I was in the deepest, darkest pit of despair…and from experience, I can say that this can be one of the most hopeless places to be in life. In fact…these pits of despair can make us feel abandoned and forsaken by life itself…and especially God.
These pits that we tend to find ourselves in, can take us into the depth of despair…and how does this happen? I have come to see personally; that these deep and darkened pits of despair are gradually dug, as we allow each problem we face to take us further down. As we continually focus on everything that is wrong within our lives; that just becomes one more shovel of dirt that is removed…to make room for us to wallow deep in despair. The problem we have; is that once we find ourselves deep within the pit…that was gradually dug through each circumstance we have faced; hopelessness then begins to sink in, as evil attempts to convince us that there is no way out.
As I look back on my life, I remember moments…where out of despair, I began to try and find my own way out of the pit that had been gradually dug for me; but as each attempt failed…I began to see that my only hope was Jesus Christ. From there, I began to cry out to Him…and it was at that time…when I had surrendered everything to Him; that He came to me and “…lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; (and) he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Psalm 40:2)
Maybe today…you are feeling as if you are sitting in a deep, dark pit of despair…and maybe you are feeling as if this has become a world of your own…just you and the problems you’re facing. Today, I would like to encourage you, by saying that God hasn’t forsaken you, even though your problems may be attempting to convince you otherwise….because you see…”The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8)
You know…even though these pits of despair can make life seem as if it has come to a sudden halt…and no matter how impossible it may seem right now, to come out of these pits that our problems have dug for us over time; I know a God who can and will always make all things possible for us; but first, we must let go of the thoughts that have placed us within this pit of despair…and take hold of the One who is strong enough to lift us up and out of the pit. Believe me when I say…nothing is impossible with God; because you see… there was a time, when I had found myself in one of these pits…but a time did come, when I let go of everything that had placed me there…to take hold of the One who could bring me out…and He did just that…Amen!
As we close, I pray that you too will find the strength you need, to let go of everything except for Jesus…that you too may be set free from a pit of despair…God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain