Do you feel like God has let you down? Life is full of twists, turns and difficulties. Every day you are making choices that will either align you with the heartbeat of God or pull you further away. With God, there is no middle ground.
Have you felt like you are playing tug-of-war with God? In those moments, no matter how stubborn we are, we are on the losing side. God does not laugh when we land in the pit; rather, He holds out His hand and offers to pull us out. However, in that moment, we must decide if we want help getting out of the pit or if we are going to stay there and blame God.
The pit can be composed of so many things. It can be the deep grief of the loss of a loved one or facing a difficult medical diagnosis. Your pit may be the loss of a job or children who have become prodigals. Another pit may be the fact that you stood on the promises of God but found yourself with more questions than answers, as you did not see the outcome you were hoping and praying for.
We are unable to live life to the fullest while in the depths of the pit. It is dark, cold and isolating. Within, there is grumbling and complaining and joy becomes absent. The pit holds us captive in hopelessness, grief, despair and doubt.
If you are in the pit, God is ready and willing to pull you out and bind up your wounds. He longs to remind you that He came to bind up the broken-hearted and set the captives free (Ps. 147:3). He created you to soar (Isa. 40:31).
Do not get stuck in the trench. Exercise wisdom quickly for there is an invitation from Him to draw you out rather than to continue your fight against Him, staying trapped in the process. He reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12). In that process, He also shows us a different viewpoint. He allows us to see from different perspectives. The world ceases to have a hold on us and the pit disappears when we learn to soar again. Our vision becomes filled with who He is, the promises come back into focus and then consumed by His goodness. You may not understand all that happened. However, in the end, you will declare that He is good and faithful.
If you find yourself in that tug of war today, know that it is a wonderful day to switch sides and allow Him to have control. If you are in the pit, it is a momentous day to grab on to His hand and get out of the pit. It is open season on aligning with the kingdom of heaven. Where will you position yourself? The choice is yours.
Ruth Hendrickson is an ordained pastor, itinerant speaker, ministry trainer and board-certified biblical counselor who has extensive experience in the development, training and oversight of emotional healing ministry teams, recovery ministries, prophetic ministry, prayer ministries and women's ministry. In addition, she is a course facilitator for Patricia King Institute and Charisma courses. She writes for Elijah List and Charisma and has a podcast titled Real Truth with Ruth. Through biblically based teachings and practical applications infused with love and laughter, her goal is to introduce people not only to the living God who saves but also to the God who desires an intimate relationship with each one of us. Her latest book, Everyday Prophetic, will help you find the prophetic voice that God has given you. Ruth is an avid, unsweetened iced tea drinker who loves warm weather, palm trees and beaches! She believes that she should live in the South. However, in the meantime, Ruth and her husband Mark reside in Stockton, New Jersey. Connect with Ruth on Facebook, YouTube, and her own website.
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