Wednesday, November 13, 2019
When Life Is The Pits -- Have Hope -- Get A Rope
Pit dwellers are different from pit visitors.
Christians, sometimes... we fall in a pit.
I have been a pit dweller on several occasions and know the only hope and rope has been our Lord Jesus Christ.
We seem to get so busy 'doing' church, pointing fingers at the the pit, defending the pit, explaining the pit that we forget to point to Christ to help others out of life's pit.
Come on now...let's not just go to or do church-let's be the church and help others find the way out of life's pit!
I hope you will be encouraged to call out to JESUS when you find yourself in one of the pits. Despite what a Pharisee might say (see poem below)-- you ARE going to fall in a pit from time to time.
If you should visit...be certain not to dwell. The choice to stay in it or climb out is up to you. Call to the Lord for help...then reach out like you mean it!!!
English Standard Version Psalm 28:1
To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit
Psalm 40: 1-2
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he
turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit
of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on
solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
Lord, I thank you for pulling me up when I fall. Thank you for forgiveness, provision, and the hope and rope...Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray.
There is a poem that has been circulating from an adaptation of Kenneth Filkins The Wittenburg Door. I thought I would share it with you.
A man fell into a pit and called for help:
A SUBJECTIVE person came along and said:
"I FEEL for you down there!"
An OBJECTIVE person came along and said:
"It's logical that someone would fall down there."
A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST came by and said:
"You only think you are in the pit."
A PHARISEE said:
"Only bad people would fall in a pit."
A FUNDAMENTALIST said:
"You deserve your pit."
"If you would have listened to me, you would not have fallen into that pit."
"Your pit is only a state of mind."
A REALIST said:
"That's a pit."
calculated the force necessary (lbs./sq.in.) to get him out of the pit.
told him how to appreciate the rock strata in the pit.
AN EVOLUTIONIST said:
"He is going to die in the pit, so he can't produce any pit-falling offspring."
A CHARISMATIC said:
"Just confess that you are not in the pit!"
An OPTIMIST said:
"Things could be worse."
A PESSIMIST said:
"Things are going to get worse."
JESUS, seeing the man
took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.