Through focusing on the promises of God, you will find the presence of God and find freedom from the Pit.
When will my darkness end? Recently, I had the privilege of sharing part of my story at the Northwest Church, the church I currently serve at as a pastor. I taught from Psalm 40:1-3, which says…
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
King David describes “The Pit,” and how God responded to his need and redeemed his story. God has called us to cry out to him and then wait for his response. It’s through our waiting that we find strength and hope to face our darkness. It is also through waiting that we will grow spiritually and emotionally (or become complete). The pit David describes is an utter sense of darkness and isolation from God and even others. I experienced such a darkness, as well as the the grace of God to persevere.
Here is what I know… If you and I do not find purpose and freedom from the “Pit,” the “Pit” will destroy our life and those closest to us. Too much is at stake… our peace and joy, our relationships with loved ones and especially our relationship with Jesus. I have seen too many friends walk away from God, because the Pit was too painful and the darkness to great. The bottom line is that…
Through focusing on the promises of God, you will find the presence of God and find freedom from the Pit!
My hope is that this message will encourage you to cry out to God and other for help, wait and help those who find themselves in the pit. I would love to hear from you, your story from the pit and how God did the impossible. Leave a comment or send me a message.
2 very helpful resources for overcoming darkness:
Changes that Heal by Dr Henry Cloud
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero