We would have to lead quite a remarkable life to avoid the pits of life. Everyone’s pit looks different; for some their pit looks like losing a loved one, for another it might be a personal illness, for another job loss or betrayal, debt, depression, weight fluctuation. The list is endless of reasons why we may find ourselves in a pit of pain and despair.
I know for a lot of people, this year 2020 has been ear marked as a pit year. I see many stating on social media that they wish to erase every trace of it, even from their age, which is funny. If you’re anything like me, I constantly erase years off my age in forgetfulness, then tell people my age of two years ago, and then I remember, oh yeah! I got older didn’t I, in the blink of the last two years.
This year, the year of the infamous Covid-19 which, let’s face it, if we take nothing else from it, we have now all learnt how to include unprecedented into our daily vocabulary. We have all had to face a situation we never imagined we would be in. National lockdowns and homeschool, business closures, a rise in online shopping, mask wearing and hand sanitising. The effects of this pandemic have ripped through our lives with some devastating effects; there is no denying that this has been the cause of many many peoples pit!
However, some people have used this time to change their life for the better. Some have got fitter, forged stronger family bonds, some have used this time to learn new skills, some to renovate and improve their homes, read more, eat better, slow down. In this time, people have been able to re-evaluate their priorities and ultimately improve their life.
While others have become bitter, depressed, gained weight, lost money, families have broken down and homes fallen in to disrepair.
I feel like it could all come down to the perspective of the pit. Choosing to partner with pity in the pit, or prosper in the pit.
In the Bible we see Joseph, Israel’s most loved and favoured son, quite literally thrown into a pit, which was an upgrade of the original plan that his brothers had to kill him. So perhaps that was the first reason for his hope, “well at least I’m not dead.” It would have been easy for Joseph to accept his fate and partner with pity and lay down and die in his pit, but Joseph knew God had called him to greatness. He knew that God had mighty plans for his future, so he embraced his dreadful circumstance and clung to the hope for his future and, in his time in captivity, he did everything he did to the best of his ability. He had more than enough reasons to partner with pity and forget God and his promises, but through all his ups and downs, over the next thirteen years, Joseph held onto his promises, despite many reasons to partner with pity.
“But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.”
Genesis 39:21 NLT
He used his time when his situation was out of control to allow God to use him, train him, and prepare him for the time when God’s plan for his life would come into fulfilment.
We face many circumstances in our lives that throw us in the pit. The devil himself is busy digging pits for us to fall into, and he has prepared the grandest, most extravagant pity party for us down there. He will pull out all the stops, invite all his friends, and try his hardest to make us forget the dreams and plans God has put on our heart. He will drown out the sound of hope with the loud symbols of rejection, disappointment, pity and despair. He will have his buddies convince you that God’s plans were stupid, unrealistic, unreachable, and that his party is way more fun. His game plan even may include convincing you that, even if there was a way out of that pit, you couldn’t do it because you’re not strong enough, and to some degree he’d be right.
We were not designed to fight the devil, that was Jesus’ job. And today, in case you have forgotten, He won! Jesus fought and won, the battle is over, the keys to the kingdom secured. Today I want to invite you to look around, look up and see, look for the rope ladder out of your pit, look for the life line Jesus bled and died for you to have. Choose to stop eating the devil’s party food and dancing to his loud music, instead come into agreement with the truth that, despite your circumstances, despite this pit, you are loved, you are highly favoured, and God’s plans for your life are still in place.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT)
Today will you consider leaving the pity party and put your faith and trust in Jesus and live a life filled with hope for the future?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT