I had to share all of this today as I sat reading my devotion today...
Unlike the pit we get thrown into, we put ourselves into this one. But here's the catch: we didn't mean to. We just weren't watching where we were going. We got distracted, taken in by new sights. The path didn't seem bad; it just seemed new. Exhilarating. We thought we were still okay, but the next thing we knew we were in a hold, our feet ankle deep in mud. The cell phone was dead, and suddenly we didn't have a clue what to do.
Yes, you got into this pit yourself, but it certainly wasn't planned. It wasn't what you wanted. In fact, the possiblity of falling into a pit may never have entered your mind. You certainly didn't mean for things to turn out the way they did. You didn't see it coming, but now you're in a hole.
You'd give anything if someone else had thrown you in, because you hate being the one to blame. In fact, at first you tried to think it was somebody else's fault. Anybody else's fault. But then you spent enough time in that pit for the noon sun to peak straight over your head, shedding the first direct light you'd seen form in there. That sick feeling in your stomach tells you that-no matter who else was involved-nobody pushed you into this pit. You got yourself into this one. And you're not even sure how.
Traps get set. Feet slip. And I hate how the enemy uses the guilt over how you got into a pit to trap you into never getting out! Hear me clearly; you cannot let him get away with that. No matter how guilty you feel for sliding your way in, GOD WANTS YOU OUT!
IT IS FOR FREEDOM THAT CHRIST HAS SET US FREE. STAND FIRM, THEN, AND DO NOT LET YOURSELVES BE BURDENED AGAIN BY A YOKE OF SLAVERY. GALATIONS 5:1
God still has a vision for you. No matter where you've been, God's full intent is for you to live effectively and abundantly. He loves you dearly, and the fact that you've been foolish doesn't diminish His love one single ounce. Talk to God.
If I should say, "My foot has slipped," Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughs multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 94:18-19
If you don't soak your brain in the truth that you are absolutely secure in the unchanging love of God, you will never feel worthy of getting out of the pit. Satan will keep your feet on slippery ground. When you want out of a pit, you've got a golden opportunity to seet he grace of God as you've never encountered it. Let God's loving-kindness hold you up and ask Him to make His consolations your delight.
For I am convinced that neither death no life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39