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.
Psalm 40:2-3 (NIV)
Words of Encouragement In Hardship
Looking at the rent and knowing I’m short by more than half of what’s due is tough to bare. Receiving a phone call from my wife telling me she needs a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor adds on pressure that makes the strongest believer begin to crack. Knowing Christmas is around the corner and that the children just want to be given something on such a special day, but may not be given nothing but gifts that are rewrapped from last year makes tears form. The tears finally begin to roll down my cheek when the hot water isn’t working, which means there’s no heat for the day, and the children may have to experience a cold fall night until I’m able to pay the bill in the morning if I’m able to get the money.
The straw to break the back of most believers is when church folk begin to trip and discredit the work you’ve put in for ministry. At that moment the Armor of God I thought I was wearing has been cracked and I’ve now been left open for the enemy to use every device he has at his disposal to bring me further down into what seems like a bottomless pit that I will never make it out of.
Our God is a great God and He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we ask of Him. Maybe you asked Him to pull you out or maybe you didn’t. But it’s something about the God we serve that through everything we are in despair over that He still searches our heart for that muffled cry our heart is giving out. Through all that He reaches down in that pit where you have gotten your feet all muddy and dirty and lifts you out of it because your heart was saying what your mouth should have been saying.
Now that you’re on your two feet and God has made a way. He’s taken away every bill and every sickness and on top of that He’s provided for you and your family. Now what you need to do is sing a new song. You need to praise God and make a new covenant with Him. No I won’t jeopardize my health again by doing things that may kill this body you’ve given me. No I won’t use my tithe money to put rims on my car, to buy that new phone or new shoes. I won’t use my tithe money to get my hair and nails done but I will give to you what is yours God because you are the provider of everything that I have and will ever have.
Lifting God up and walking in fear of Him, reverencing His name and trusting in Him even when it doesn’t look like you will make it through activates God’s omnipotence in your life. It activates His characteristic of being All Mighty, All Powerful, in your life; because you have trusted in Him and acknowledged Him as being your God. Even though it may seem like you aren’t walking in righteousness as you would like to be, just by staying away from those old habits of the world shows your spiritual maturity, and shows that you do trust God and do have a deeper knowledge of who he is and that He is able pull you out of the pit.