Life has taught me that God can take an unfit vessel, and subject them to grossly unfair treatment, in some unimaginable DARK PIT, and by that perfect combination—create a GIANT of faith!
Perhaps it is because suffering is so transformative.
The greater the suffering the greater the transformation.
I believe it was Corrie Ten Boom who wrote, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” and she surely knew the truth of that statement, for she was a holocaust survivor of Auschwitz.
Could there have been a deeper pit?
Would Joseph have thought so?
Joseph certainly was unfit in the beginning. He had a promise from God but simply did not know how to wisely steward it. He had a big dream but God’s set time had not yet come. Joseph still had miles to go, and many unimaginable, painful and unfair experiences to walk through before he arrived at his manifestation.
I don’t completely understand why a pit prepares us for the palace. I just believe it does. Ask Joseph, or Moses, or David, or Jeremiah, they will all tell you—before honor comes humility.
Proverbs 15:33 KJV
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just get our promises from God and go straight to the palace? It sure seems like that would be the more efficient way to me.
But God knows just what kind of suffering will break the pride, bend the knee, and soften the heart, without destroying the seeds of vision and hope for a higher outcome.
Another mysterious alchemy of God?
And all seeds KNOW this:
You God, know better than I.
So I will wait and trust through the unimaginable dark days.
I will reach for the arms of grace available for my suffering.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Psalm 40: 1-2