The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O’Lord, my God. When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.
The Pit – those dark places, gloomy hours and crushing trials that come upon every life. To me – the pit should not be viewed as our enemy. Yes, I’ve had a few trials in my lifetime. Prior to my becoming a Christ follower – the trials would paralyze me with fear. Then later, as a young Christian, the trials would knock me down, and they would keep me down for a long periods of time. Now when the trials come – and they do come – they still knock me to my knees – but only momentarily.
Being in the pit should be used as an opportunity to spend time reflecting on who you will listen to – the Lord or the liar. It would be to your benefit to remain teachable during trials – He wants to grow you – He has something he wants to show you. If instead, you turn and run, you will silence the Word of God – and it will be a trial wasted. When you are in that place of darkness – listen to God’s voice. Use the lesson – it is a gift from Him. Don’t become bitter at the hand you have been dealt – become better. His grace is sufficient. For me personally, every pit experience has left me loving God even more than I did before!
Back to Jonah – He had come to a place where he knew he could not help himself – he was in bondage in the pit. When Jonah finally comes to his senses and turns back to God – he gives full credit for his deliverance to God (v.6). Hopeless and helpless – lost – dying – none of us have crawled out of the pit on our own strength or ability. Jonah’s theme – and in fact – the entire theme of the Bible – GOD SAVES. Amen?!
It is a lie that you can shut God out of your life. God’s way is the best way, even when you can’t see it in your circumstances. His desire is not to strip you – but to add to you! If you will trust and follow God’s calling for your life, He will lead you to your highest and your best.