I visited a place recently from my past. When I walked through the door, memories flooded my mind. I immediately felt a sense of shame and condemnation, even though the faded memories were from half a lifetime ago!
Shame wrapped itself around me, like an icy blanket. And for a moment, I forget that I am not who I was. I am not my past. I am not my mistakes. I am not my sin.
The enemy would have loved to hold me hostage to my past. But God doesn't consult with the enemy about my past when he is mapping out my future.
That day, I felt God whisper into my heart, "Girl. I already rescued you from that pit. There's no good reason to go back." His words were warm enough to melt the icy blanket that had wrapped itself around me.
Where are you today?
Are you in pit? Are you in need of a rescue? Maybe your pit is shaped like mine -- in the form of your past mistakes. But maybe you have fallen into a pit on account of what happened to you. Maybe you are in that pit right now, overwhelmed by the circumstances of your life.
No matter the shape of your pit, you probably know that it's impossible to climb out on your own. Most of us reach a point in our lives where we've fallen into a pit so deep that we think we're beyond rescue. No matter how deep we have fallen, God's love is deeper still.
God's arm is "not too short to save" you from wherever you are right now (Isaiah 59:1).
No matter how deep your shame, He is deeper still.
No matter how deep your grief, He is deeper still.
No matter how deep your debt, He is deeper still.
No matter how deep your loneliness, He is deeper still.
No matter how deep your trouble, He is deeper still.
No matter how deep your personal hell, He is deeper still.
A Story of a "Deeper Still" God
It was World War II. Two Christian sisters -- Corrie and Betsie ten Boom -- were in a pit, not because of what they did, but because of what was done to them. They were imprisoned in a concentration camp as punishment for hiding Jews in their home. In the midst of a living hell, Corrie remarked at the depth of the pit they were in. Betsie replied, "There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still."
Those words were not spoken from the comfort of a pulpit, but from an agonizing pit of unimaginable depth. "He is deeper still."
That is our hope today.
No matter what we face -- and no matter what our past will try to tell us -- He is stronger, bigger, and deeper still.