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TEXT: Psalms 40:1-2 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings….”

We have several choices about how to deal with the pain and darkness in life. We can become bitter and blame God or someone else for the pain, or we can give up and wallow in the mire and mud of that slimy pit.
The choice you make when it comes to dealing with any kind of pit life will throw your way is to trust God, knowing He will deliver you. Trusting God means understanding that He may deliver you from the pit or He may deliver you in it. You just have to come to the place of being willing to accept His plan for deliverance. No matter what kind of pit you are facing, God is with you, if nothing changes in your life. Always remember that hedges of protection are planted around you in the pit. Priorities must be set. Balance must be kept. Habits must be cultivated. Accountability must be pursued. Lessons must be learned. These hedges must be constantly tended to provide constant protection from that pit. God will use your pit. From the depths of every pit comes a message of hope … a message of power … a message of grace. It is a message for us to share. God doesn’t want us to simply endure the pits of life.. He does not want us to just survive the pain. He wants us to rise above it – to harness and even embrace that pain and use it for our good and His glory. Life is sweeter on the other side of the pit. We cannot really know just how bright the light is until we have spent time in the darkness. Every day is filled with the discovery of fresh hope and new joy. Relationships grow deeper and fuller. Peace settles around you like an old familiar friend. The intimate and faithful presence of a loving Father becomes the reality you once only dreamed of knowing.
Remember, it is through the struggle of the trial – the journey out of the pit that the very best part of us takes flight. One day soon, you will look around to see that you have come out of the dark.

MEDITATION: 2 Cor. 4:17-18

Exodus 31; John 10; Proverbs 7; Gal. 6

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