The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
Psalms 37:23-24 NKJV
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fall into something but when it’s time to climb out it’s like the most hellish experience ever? Like something that literally took you 4 seconds to get into can leave you spending the next 60 years fixing! This can be with anything…loving someone, becoming addicted to something, making a poor business decision, shoot making any poor life decisions.
The Bible does say obedience is better than sacrifice and I thought I learned this lesson lol but I still find myself looking back at my own life thinking, “Jesus, when will I learn to be obedient so I don’t have to deal with the challenge of climbing out of all these painful pits!?” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Family, we have got to learn to watch our steps! We are literally walking straight into pits of addiction, despair, bondage, confusion, depression, anxiety, etc and getting stuck there! The problem most of us are facing is that we are
not allowing our steps to be ordered by God. We all have had, or might currently be having a moment where we are walking in plain disobedience in certain areas of our lives. Where we are allowing our steps to be ordered by our flesh instead of our God. If we keep it up there is definitely a pit waiting on us to fall into it.
You see, when we allow for God to order (prepare, make ready, set up, fix) our steps it brings Him great pleasure. Not only will we be walking in the will of God for our lives and receiving the benefits of that but we will accomplish all the great things that He has set out to do through us. On the other hand, when we walk by the flesh and not by the spirit we may find ourselves in bad situations wondering how we are going to get out.
Does this mean that if we walk with God we won’t experience any pits? Nah, not at all. The pits are waiting for us regardless. But here is the difference between walking with God and finding yourself in a bad situation and walking with the people you have put in God’s place and finding yourself in a bad situation. When we are walking with God we hear His voice and can feel His protective hand. Look at the b portion of our key Scripture:
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.
We are more able to see how God is still holding us up! He made a promise that He would provide ways of escape for us and he’ll reveal those ways to us in the hour of temptation: storm, trials, tempting (1Corinthians 10:13). Because we are already walking with Him we are more likely to praise Him in the midst of and be directed in how to bear the situation until we get to the other side. When we are being led by the flesh and find ourselves in pits based off our disobedience and sinful actions we have already separated ourselves from God and it is very difficult to hear Him during this time, even if He is speaking, and very difficult to trust and believe that He even wants to see you out—which He does (Isaiah 59:2).
Have you found yourself in a pit after the wrong decisions you have made? Are you feeling like it’s hell to get out and you don’t know how you are going to make it? Well God specializes in bringing His children out of pits and getting you back on track. In Psalm 40:1-2 it says, I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 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. God is able to bring us out of our pits and set our feet on stable ground so that He may continue to direct our paths as He desires.
The Bible tells us that God is a very present help in the time of trouble, so call on Him (Psalm 46:1)! Wait patiently, make your requests known to God, and allow Him to lead you out! It will take some work on your part but as you climb out and back to the road God intended, you will be strengthened by Him along the way.
There may be times you want to shrink back to the bottom of the pit—in those moments encourage yourself not to! It’s not worth it!
There will be moments it feels like you have been kicked right back to the bottom of the pit and no matter what you try to do there’s a weight trying to hold you down there—in those moments remind yourself you are already free and that your strength is in God and you can do all things through Him including getting out of the situation you are in.
You might have thoughts that make you feel you deserve to be back at the bottom of said pit—But you have to remind yourself that God has better for you! His plans aren’t to harm you but to give you a future and a hope and that hope is not in that pit (Jeremiah 29:11)!
God can turn any pit situation into a steppingstone to your palace stay, just ask Joseph! God can work anything out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose—that’s you child of God (Romans 8:28)!
I don’t care what pit you feel like you’re stuck in God can and will bring you out if you let Him. So stop clinging to the people, places, things, and mindsets that helped lure you into the pit and place your focus on God! The one who can pull you out, put you back together stronger than ever before, and place you in position to help save many alive.
Yes the process is difficult but it’s possible to work through. Hold onto God and pretty soon you’ll look back and say, “Man, I made it!”
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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