None of us are promised lives that are free of heartache or pain. Most of the time, the hardest of trials seem to come out of nowhere – a grim cancer diagnosis, a natural disaster that destroys your home, a car accident with subsequent injury and loss or a discovery that shakes your marriage at its very foundation. One day things are great (or at least average), the next day you find yourself struggling to even breathe.
When life has knocked the wind out of you, it is easy to let yourself fall into a “pit” of sorts. Isaiah 38 talks about those who are in the pit of destruction. They are people who moan and say, “My eyes are weary with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed…I walk slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul (vs. 14-15).”
Have you been there? Have you just been tired of trying to find the good in a situation? Do you find it hard to put one foot in front of the other because of the bitterness of life? Do you feel like you’re in the pit of destruction? Here’s how to get out of there:
“Those who go down to the pit do not hope for your faithfulness (v18).”
The Bible makes a distinction between two kinds of people. One person lives in the pit of destruction – the other places his hope in God’s faithfulness. Even when things are still just as bad as they were when you fell into the pit, hoping in God’s faithfulness gives you the strength to look upward as you put one foot in front of the other.
How do I know? I’ve been in the pit before! I’ve had the wind knocked out of me from absolutely nowhere. I laid in the pit for a while, and then I chose to hope in God’s faithfulness. The latter is a much better way to live life.
When everything else in life is uncertain, you can be certain that God is faithful. Place your hope in that truth – it doesn’t change!