Escaping the Pit of Despair
Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
A new gentlemen came to Church to preach yesterday. He is obviously quite old and experienced, it’s evident that he loves The Lord as well.
The wrinkles in his face show years of wisdom, and the softness of his voice sound out tenderness and love. The man’s vocal strength has weakened with age, but when he preaches you can still sense the intensity and passion for God and our wonderful salvation.
He is slightly hunched over and only 5’6″ in height, skinny, but with a sharp mind. His words flow clearly with occasional pause for his mind to catch up. He was a pastor for forty-two years and has been preaching over fifty. He is a man of God.
The sermon he delivered was from Psalm 40. No funny stories, emotional illustrations, or “new insights” into scripture were given. He simply proclaimed the Word of God and read verses to illustrate the truth he wanted to convey.
When he felt the audience was losing focus he would become more animated. He even shuffled his feet back and forth in a motionless moon walk and pounded the pulpit to keep us alert.
Those who were hungry for God got fed, and those who came simply out of duty at least saw a genuine example of faithfulness. His children and grandchildren are Christians and were in church with him; A true legacy in my opinion.
He shared how at times we dig a pit of sin. People will walk by and judge, or state the obvious facts of our dilemma, But God, He is inclined to help us if we call on Him. It is His pleasure to take us out of the miry clay and set us on a rock. He doesn’t hold us over the pit and threaten to drop us if we mess up again. He gives us a new direction, He establishes our goings so that we will never fall back into the pit. He cleans us off and removes the shame. We can be clean is His sight! If we do fall back, He will always be inclined to stretch out His arms and bring us again into the light of day.
This pit may be a trial God has allowed us to fall into, like Joseph or Jeremiah, but He is only doing it to show us His love. When we come out of that pit, it is a testimony to others of the greatness of our God. He is faithful.
The old preacher gave an illustration of how “goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.” He had Bro. Dave come stand next to himself on the platform a few feet behind Pastor Fellure. Bro. Dave represented “mercy” and the older gentlemen “goodness.” As Pastor Fellure walked around the platform they followed behind and the older man explained: “as we go through trials we may not sense or feel God’s goodness behind us, but right when we’re about to hit rock-bottom God will send it to comfort us.” “Jim Fellure needs a little goodness today. He’s struggling,” the old man said as he walked up and placed his hand on Pastor’s shoulder. Goodness is always there waiting for God to send it. “Oh, Pastor blew it today!” He said while directing Bro. Dave to place his hand on Pastors shoulder. Mercy is always there when we need it. Goodness and mercy are always following behind the Christian waiting to comfort him in any sin or tribulation.
That is an incredible comfort and encouragement to me. I know in my life God always sends goodness or mercy right when I need them. There’s no need to fear the future. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
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