He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. Psalm 40:2, ESV
Like many kids raised in the church, I spent my late teens and early twenties questioning my faith, pushing back against the rules, rebelling as best a good Christian girl could. Mine was a rebellion that was, by the world’s standards, quite unremarkable. Still, my behavior, which I thought was an exercise of freedom, was actually self-destructive.
Thankfully, I had a moment when I turned around, that is to say, repented. Jesus came running to meet me. He pulled me from the miry clay and we began again.
Perhaps you have a similar story—you once were lost, but now you’re found. Perhaps you didn’t grow up in a family of faith, so you didn’t so much rebel as simply stayed lost, until Jesus pulled you out of the pit. Maybe your self-destruction was more spectacular than mine.
Here’s the thing: even if we can point to a time when Jesus rescued us from ourselves and our bad choices, even if we repented and changed and began anew, we still are in need of daily rescue. We may not be living a wild lifestyle, but we can still be tempted—perhaps to sins like pride or gossip or jealousy.
Every day, we need Jesus to set our feet on the rock of His love, to walk beside us to keep our steps secure. We need to remember we’ve been pulled from the pit, and have mercy on those who are still stuck in the mud.
FAITH STEp: Today, ask Jesus to set your feet on solid ground, to walk beside you. Then ask Him to show you someone who needs to be encouraged, or even helped out of the mire.
Written by Keri Wyatt Kent