Your Pit May Be Your Purpose

We read in Psalm 40:2-3, David writes about a symbolic pit, one that maybe you feel like you are in now.

Notice, that pit is not the end. It is not the final chapter of David’s story, nor is it the final chapter of your story.

  • It is only the beginning of the next chapter, where God hears your cry, just like God heard Jesus praying for Lazarus.
  • It’s where He lifts you out of the mud you are sinking in, just like Jeremiah.
  • It’s where He sets your feet on solid ground and steadies your steps as He did for Gideon and Benaiah.
  • It’s where He puts a new song in your heart, just like He did for Paul and Silas.
  • It’s where many will see what He has done and be amazed like Joseph’s brothers and King Nebuchadnezzar and Paul’s jailer.

And…it just may be where you find your purpose.

Portion of devotional: Purpose in the Pit

“…He to put a new song in my mouth; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Slanders Goal Becomes Your Goal

Whether you slander your brother or sister in Christ secretly or publicly the end result is the same.

“Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will silence; the one who has a haughty look and a proud (arrogant) heart I will not tolerate. (6) My eyes will be on the faithful (honorable) of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks blamelessly is the one who will minister to and serve me.(7) He who practices deceit will not dwell in my house; he who tells lies and half-truths will not continue [to remain] in my presence. (8) Morning after morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, that I may cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do evil” (Psalm 101).

🌱 Is slander on your tongue and heart today? 🌱 Does your mind fester and brew in preparation for its next opportunity to slaughter your brother or sister in Christ? 🌱 Secret or public displays are from the pit of hell. Which one do you serve? 🌱 Slanders goal becomes your goal.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Broken Cup

I read this excerpt from a devotional called, Broken Crayons Still Color, today. May it be an encouragement to your soul.


Growing up, I was really good at hiding my brokenness. I thought that if people knew who I really was on the inside, they would reject me. As a result, I felt a deep ache and an emptiness that nothing seemed to fill. No matter what I did, the ache would not go away. 

Eventually, God gave me an illustration of my life – I was a broken cup. 

Several tragedies in my life that represented cracks in my cup and the brokenness that came into my life. However, instead of bringing my broken cup, my pain and brokenness, to God for healing, I was trying to deal with it myself.

  • I was trying to fill my broken cup with water from several sources to fill the emptiness I felt inside.
  • No matter what I did, it did not satisfy because my “cup” was equipped to hold only one kind of water, the living water of Jesus. The kind of water I tried to fill it with would simply drain out over time. So although I would feel temporary satisfaction, it never lasted.

I sensed God saying to me, “Shelley, you have committed two sins: you have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and no matter what you do, you will never be satisfied apart from me. I want you to come to my spring of living water that never runs dry.” (paraphrase from Jeremiah 2:13)

I am sure some of you have felt the same way!

I walked through a season in my life when God asked me to surrender my brokenness, my broken cup, to Him for healing. It was a painful season as I began to face some deep wounds from my past. However, over time, as I surrendered my broken cup to God, He put all my broken pieces inside His cup, His cup that no longer had any cracks and was able to hold water. As I chose to come to Him each day for His living water, my emptiness was replaced with true satisfaction in Christ.

If you put a mug underneath a waterfall, what will happen? The cup will fill with water and then eventually overflow.

And that is what began to happen in my heart. As I was filled with Christ each day, I was not only satisfied in Christ but His Spirit in me began to overflow.

Instead of being needy and going to other people to feel good about myself, I actually had something to give to others. I had love to give. I had joy to give. I had encouragement to share.

Psalm 23:5 says, “My [brimming] cup overflows [runs over].

May today be your turning point. God can take your cup, your mess, and turn it into a masterpiece! Will you let Him?

  • From this devotional, Broken Crayons Still Color, you can download 7 hand-drawn printable scripture coloring pages as a PDF for FREE at www.brokencrayonsbook.com

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Psalms 139:14

Does your soul know it? It is!

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Three Men & Their Pit Called Furnace

Like Jeremiah, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego find themselves in a pit because they were obedient to God.

But their pit is a bit more extreme in that it has flames. Super stoked, fatally hot, unrelenting killer flames. Their pit was a furnace.

They were thrown in simply because they refused to bow down and worship a statue of the king. This was a bold move at the time. Everyone else was doing it. But our three heroes refused to bow to peer pressure and bow to anything or anyone other than God.

The king gave them one more chance, warning them if they didn’t bow, they would be thrown in the furnace and even God couldn’t save them there. That sounds like a challenge.

“We won’t bow, ever, so go ahead and throw us in… our God can save us.. and even if he doesn’t, that’s ok too!” Even if He doesn’t?

What kind of faith is that?

It was actually pretty big faith. It was a faith that knew that God was not there to serve them, but they existed to serve and worship God. They existed because of God, and they trusted that no matter what happened, He was in control. It was a faith that knew that God’s purposes would prevail, even if it cost them something.

And it appears to have cost them everything. The king is so incensed at their “rebellion” that he demands the furnace to be stoked to seven times hotter than usual. So hot that when the soldiers threw the three men into the flames, the soldiers themselves died from the heat.

But what of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They were tied up! How could they survive?

As the king looked in the furnace he saw the men UNTIED, and walking around freely in the flames! But wait! There is someone else in there too And it looks like God!

So it was there, when things were at their bleakest, that the three men met God face to face. Not on some mountaintop, but rather in a pit of fire.

God could have delivered them before it got to that point, I’m sure. But that would have been at best, just an escape that would only have made the king more angry. Perhaps the furnace would have been stoked ten times hotter the next time.

No, this way, although the hard way, was the right way. Because the king saw that there was a God who could save them and in fact did save them. The king’s heart softened and he brought them out of the furnace decreeing that no one could ever talk bad about this God that saved these men. And he promoted the men to higher positions because the king saw God with these men.

  • As you go through the furnaces you may face, think about this, people are watching you.
  • People are wondering how you do it, and when they see how, when they see Jesus walking next to you, not removing the flames but walking with you through them, then that is the stuff that changes hearts and lives.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through a horrific experience. But they came out better for it, protected and promoted by the king, but really, protected and promoted by the KING!

Devotional: Purpose in the Pit

🗝️ Daniel 3:1-30
🗝️ Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
🗝️ 1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Your Pit

This is to good to not share. I read this in a devotional this morning. Maybe you are in a “pit” of some sort, maybe your pit is self-inflicted or maybe you simply stood up for righteousness, justice, Truth and it seems like it has cost you. Take courage. Be encouraged. God’s righteousness does prevail. God sees.


Jeremiah ended up in his pit for a most unlikely reason. He was obeying God. The Babylonians were coming to take the people of Jerusalem captive and Jeremiah knew that resistance would be futile. He had it on good authority, God Himself, that the people would be taken captive and he told them so.

This was not the inspiring message the powers that be wanted to hear, but it was the message God had given. As punishment for his “treason”, Jeremiah was lowered into a cistern where he sank deep in the mud, unable to even squirm his way out. His fate looked sealed. Without access to food and water, he would die, stuck in the mud, in the bottom of a pit. All because He spoke words God asked him to speak.

Jeremiah could have remained silent. This was not the first time obeying God had gotten him into trouble, and it wouldn’t be the last. But Jeremiah makes it clear that when God asks him to speak, he can’t stay silent (Jeremiah 20:9).

Your obedience to God may not result in the kind of life-threatening scenarios Jeremiah faced, but it can certainly feel that way sometimes.
Perhaps you lost friends because you wouldn’t engage in gossip. Or maybe you lost a job because you refused to lie for your boss. Perhaps a romantic interest broke up with you because you put God first.

Sometimes obeying God can feel a little bit like being in a pit, but the great news is that God will never leave you there.

In Jeremiah’s case, Ebed-Melech, an Ethiopian court official, was worried that Jeremiah was going to die in the pit and asked the king if he could help. And the king who gave permission to put Jeremiah in the pit now gave permission to rescue him. Ebed-Melech, took a team of 30 men and pulled Jeremiah out. It is speculated that the rescue was risky and that’s why it took 30 men. Some pulled Jeremiah out, while the others kept watch for the ones that originally put him in the pit. The rescue was also compassionate. They even thought to throw down rags to Jeremiah so he could protect his skin from the ropes. In the end, Ebed-Melech and Jeremiah got the same reward. God promised to rescue them and keep them safe.

You may be like Jeremiah, in a pit for no other reason than you were obedient. Or you may be like Ebed-Melech, filled with compassion for someone who has been unjustly treated. Know that God sees you and God will reward you.

Devotional: Purpose In The Pit

Friend, I hope this has been a encouragement to you.

  • Jeremiah walked with God even when it didn’t make sense. He couldn’t help but tell God’s message.
  • God didn’t reward Jeremiah because he was Jeremiah. God rewarded Jeremiah because he obeyed the Word of the Lord, faithfully walked God’s path, and spoke God’s Truths.

Jeremiah actively choose obedience over self-knowledge or feelings; it didn’t matter that he didn’t understand, it matter because God said so.

Jeremiah actively choose to stand for Truth (God’s Truth) even when he was alone. Can we say the same?

God rewards those who choose to faithfully walk by faith and not by sight. God over everything else.

  • Seek God’s Truth.
  • Obey God’s Truth.
  • Proclaim God’s Truth.

You will never go wrong! Remember, God sees. God rewards. Keep the faith. Stand strong. (Jeremiah 38:1-13; 39:15-18)

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}