“They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him. The brothers were saying, “Here comes that dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw him into one of these old cisterns [pit]; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up. We’ll see what his dreams amount to.”” – Genesis 37: 18-20
Have you ever had a pit experience in your life? Maybe it wasn’t like Joseph where he was thrown into a pit by his own brothers (they actually wanted to kill him). But maybe it was a different pit. It could be a financial pit, maybe a relational pit where things just aren’t the same anymore with your spouse or it could be some kind of storm or trial. One thing I have learned over the years…is that you can’t bypass the pits in life. They’re going to happen to all of us. The question isn’t whether pits will come into our life or not…but what are you going to do when you find yourself in a pit? Over the next few blogs, I want to share with you Seven Things to Remember When You Have a Pit Experience. I pray that these will help you overcome the pits that might be coming your way or possibly that you’re in right now.
1. Are You Ready for Change Yet?
This is always the first thing we have to ask ourselves when we find ourselves in a pit. I’m pretty sure Joseph even asked himself this question too. It’s a question I think will come to our minds: how is God trying to change me? God is always trying to change us. If you’re married, I’m sure you can say an AMEN to that. Why? Cause as soon as you get married, you’re going to go through changes. But these are good changes. I can testify that marriage has made me more gentle, kind, etc. I’ll never forget the day when God told me, “be careful how you talk to my daughter.” That got my attention right away. We have to be willing to change. Sometimes we hold back the blessings of God cause we refuse to change.
2. Attacks Will Come
The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. We can’t sit around and complain about what we’re going through. I’m sure you probably knew someone like that when you were younger. And chances are, some of them might still be like that today. Instead of letting life beat you up, you have to begin to speak things into existence. I do this all the time. You have to begin to say things like, “Favor is coming, provision is coming, blessings are coming, healing is coming, salvation for my kids is coming, finances for these bills are coming, doors are going to open, my husband is changing for the better, my wife is changing for the better…” or even things like “I have great potential, I can change, I can get a degree, I can become a great parent, I can get a better job…” I guarantee that things will begin to change because you first changed. Joseph was a great example of this! He found himself in a pit, he was sold as a slave, his family turned on him and he found himself in jail. If anyone had a reason to get bitter…it was him. But he actually changed things around and God began to promote him.
In the next blog, we’ll continue our journey through the Seven Things to Remember When You Have a Pit Experience…