“The Pits of Despair”
By: Shannon Keith
We all know someone that has either slipped into the pit of despair or been tossed head first into that place where all hope is lost and you feel defeated. Everyone’s pit is different in nature, rather it be; drugs, alcohol, adultery, unforgiveness, crime-incarceration, depression, hatred, bitterness, shame, abuse, and gossip, just to name a few. These pits happen when we distance ourselves from God and live in the flesh. I speak from experience on the pit and coming out of it rather slowly or should I say, “In God’s timing, not mine,” this after the realization that all along God had me protected as he does each of His children.
As he did with Joseph in the pit, Joseph arrived, the brothers immediately removed his striped coat, which had caused so much jealousy and animosity. Then they threw him into the pit, which was "empty, it had no water" (Genesis 37:24). The brothers had checked to see if it had water, but didn't notice that it contained snakes and scorpions. Joseph's life was in peril and God protected him from the creatures.
It is amazing how after a little time passes from our journey into the pit of despair we often look back and wonder,” How did I get out of that web of Sin?” God knew how much of the despair each of us could handle, as he did with Joseph, and this is normally a growing process to get us to the next stage of maturity in the eyes of God. When we rely on our own understanding the shame and guilt of the pit is satan’s playground. Satan will put hopelessness, shame, depression, and defeat on us so that we either sink in despair or we swim to our Lord Jesus for help out of the pit. God knows each of us, more than we know ourselves, as stated in Jeremiah; Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).
That is why our pits of despair should serve as a reminder of God’s grace and mercy. He knows what it will take to get us to ask for his help and seek redemption. Just look at Ephesian 1:7; “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” So we should be comforted by this grace daily.
So just remember if you are in the torments of one of the many pits of despair, just look to the heavens and remind yourself the blood has been shed for you to come out and rid yourself of the SIN and call out to our Savior. God shows us the riches of His grace and mercy to slowly climb out of the pits of despair. All we have to do is ask HIM!
“The Pits of Despair”