Text: “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings.”
Good morning, Christian in a horrible pit! Life for true and genuine, Bible-believing Christians in this increasingly apostate 21st Century can be very difficult indeed. IF we are seeking to serve the risen Christ Jesus as the militant soldiers He has called us to be – we shall experience many such metaphorical ‘horrible pits’. Fact.
If you and I do not suffer some form of persecution, hindrance, marginalization at the hands of the world, the flesh, and the Devil in this day of increased evil and unbelief – then I must conclude that we are NOT really true Christians at all! Let this sobering thought awaken us to harsh reality this morning! We must examine ourselves NOW!
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them; and that from a child thou has known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto Salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13)
Verse 2. “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit. All those international recipients who have been receiving my weekly Bible Lessons consistently over the past two decades, are well aware of God’s testimony of saving grace to me, ‘a very real sinner, who was, and continues to be, in constant need of a very real Saviour’! (See ‘More About Kenny’ on the www.ulsterchristians.org Blog, or purchase Brent Riggs’ Book, ‘Terrorist to Evangelist’ on his www.seriousfaith.com website)
The Lord God, through the reading of an old Prison Issue Bible in 1979, while in solitary confinement, serving two Life sentences as a political terrorist - granted me His gift of repentance, and faith to believe that I was indeed ‘a chief among sinners’, on my way to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell; and in desperate need of Salvation through the Cross of Christ Jesus alone. Only God the Spirit can ‘quicken’, make alive, dead souls.
“For the Son of man (Jesus Christ) is come to seek and to save that (Spiritually dead sinners) which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
I was in a very ‘horrible pit’, the infamous H Blocks of the High Security Maze Prison, here in Northern Ireland, UK. Only Christ Himself could ever lift me out of that particular ‘pit’ – and He did, praise God He did!
He gave me faith to believe His Word, granted me repentance from my vile 32 years of sin; redeemed me by His own sinless and precious Blood shed for me on Calvary’s Cross – and on August 12th 1979, I was born again, saved for Eternity by the matchless grace of a truly loving and merciful Lord God Almighty. Hallelujah! This is REAL! Christ saves repentant sinners! Glory, Glory, Glory to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world!
“Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.” (1 Timothy 1:15-16)
Christ lifts the souls of ‘His people’ out of all ‘horrible pits’, bringing Salvation to the Father’s elect, and greater glory indeed to His altogether Holy and lovely Name.
“Now unto the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)
Verse 2. “…An horrible pit. Some of the pits referred to in the Bible were prisons, one such I saw at Athens, and another at Rome. To these there were no openings, except a hole at the top which served for both door and window. The bottoms of these pits were necessarily in a filthy and revolting state, and sometimes deep in mud.” (John Gadsby 1862)
Verse 2. ‘…Out of the miry clay. Once give a man a good foothold, and a burden is greatly lightened, but to be loaded and to be placed on slimy, slippery clay, is to be tried doubly.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 193)
Verse 2. “…And set my feet upon a Rock. There would be no lasting point in lifting someone out of one pool of slippery, slimy, miry clay, only to place that person’s feet back into another such quagmire of filth and slime. Thus, the Lord God not only lifts the repentant sinner’s Spiritual feet out of the slimy clay of his/her sins, but then immediately sets the saved one’s feet upon Christ, the Rock of our Salvation. God grants us an Eternal Standing – in Christ Jesus the sure and steadfast Rock. Hallelujah!
Verse 2. “…And established my goings. When the shepherd rescues his sheep out of a swamp, he always sets the feet of the rescued sheep on solid and safe ground. Otherwise sheep, being mere sheep, would just naturally wander straight back into the mud and slime out of which they had been rescued. Sinful mankind will always do the same. That is why we need the Lord not only to save us, but to establish our goings daily through the great Lamp that is His Holy Word: the KJV Bible!
Thought: If you are in some ‘horrible pit’ today – wait patiently and faithfully for the sure rescue promised by the Lord God. Christ will never let us down!