STAY OUT OF THE PITS
We often hear a person’s life that is in the worst possible situation or in an extremely depressing place as being in the pits. The Bible defines bitterness as being the pits, or the pit of corruption. Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”
Bitterness is more devastating than betrayal. Betrayal is external. Bitterness is internal. Betrayal is something that others do to you. Bitterness is something you do to yourself. Thousands survive betrayals. Very few can survive the poison of bitterness.
Exodus 15:22-25 “And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them.” God has an answer for every bitter thing. When God’s people came to the bitter waters of Marah, God’s answer was a tree to make the bitter waters sweet. The tree didn’t help the bitterness it healed it. Calvary’s tree was a bitter experience. The bitter herbs eaten at the Passover feast eaten with the Lamb, symbolized the bitter suffering of the cross. Remember He did it in our place. What He substituted for us we don’t have to suffer. The same Cross that saved us is the same Cross that beat the devil and made a provision of grace for every bitter experience
Recognize bitterness is a sin but also that God, in love for our soul, has provided the grace of forgiveness through Jesus’ shed blood. Once confessed, the Lord will throw it behind you and you will come out of the pit. Isaiah 38:17 “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”