Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? -Psalm 77:7 (NIV)
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. -Psalm 30:5 (NLT)
You’re so through. You’re spent. You’re trapped. Life has chewed you up and spit you out.
You can’t do this any more.
I want to tell you right now: it is never over till God says it’s over. Jesus is about to save you. Again. Read on.
Back in seemingly simpler times (in retrospect), when you came to Jesus and He pulled you from your pit, your life did indeed turn around, didn’t it? There were great highs, and you could feel Jesus working in your life.
But then, you made some more mistakes. Maybe serious ones. Ones you thought God could not forgive. Maybe you thought He’s forsaken you. You might ask how you could ever arrived here after being saved?
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” -Psalm 77:10-12 (NIV)
Over and over, God’s chosen people goofed…sometimes big time. And yet, every time, God would make a way for them.
When you think back again of all the works He has done for His people in the bible, and what He has done for their descendants today–including you!–your ember of faith starts to glow more brightly. When you think about how He saved you over and over–even before you accepted Him–so you could reach this point now–it fills your aching, broken heart with awe.
And when you remember that it is when we are at rock bottom, and can go no lower, that God is there with us. Jesus will pull us out of the miry pit once more and hold us in His arms.
Rock bottom is where you have finally decreased to nothing, because you have struggled so much in your own strength. And now, when your will and strength are out of the way, Christ will increase in your life. Surrender once more and let His love and strength wash over you and float you out of that pit.
We can glorify the Lord with a modicum of faith, the size of a mustard seed. And that tiny little glimmer KNOWS that God traverses this valley with us, and that this valley was within His will and allowance for reasons we cannot comprehend. That tiny glimmer also KNOWS God has some amazing plans for us as He helps us out of this valley all the way to the mountaintop. That tiny glimmer KNOWS we will look back and thank Him once more for carrying us and strengthening us without us knowing it.
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. -Psalm 77:14 (NIV)
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” -Matthew 14:31 (NIV)
Get ready, my hurting sibling in Christ. Jesus is about to rescue you, because rock bottom is the best foundation upon which the Lord will perform yet another of His turnaround miracles. Watch and see.
“Lift Up Your Face” by Third Day reminds us to lift up our faces, because salvation is on its way!