Spiritual Rut (Psalm 40:1-2)
Psalm 40:1-2, I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
If you have ever traveled down some backcountry road following heavy rains you have probably driven through ruts. No matter how hard we try, we often fall into a “rut” of one kind or another. Many friends in my teen years had 4X4 pickup trucks. After hard rains we would take our truck to the bottoms outside of Memphis, Tennessee, and go “mudding”. We often spent most of the time pulling one another’s trucks out of ruts.
Have you ever been stuck in a rut? What about a spiritual rut? This happens often when we have stopped studying as we should, or maybe we have begun to forsake assembling together. Once we get into a rut, it is difficult to work our way out. If you are in a spiritual rut, you need to make daily time in the Word of God a priority. Whenever we find ourselves in a spiritual rut, we must begin living the way God instructed us. God’s Word tells us that an important part of life in Christ is corporate worship. We need to worship with other believers. Especially when you are struggling spiritually, don’t give up on Sunday mornings. Realize God can use the ruts in life to get you to wait on Him and draw you closer to Him.
The pit Joseph found himself in became a blessing for him. The pit which confined Joseph was a triumph to God's timing and providence. Job 23:10, But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. God knew Joseph's path, and Joseph did come forth as gold. He turned out to be worth his weight in gold in the future when Joseph, the slave, became a superior ruler in Egypt and a savior to the people. He saved their lives and families in the years ahead by the wisdom that God gave to him.
Do you feel like you are in a spiritual rut? Are you in a rut and stuck in the mud of the mundane? Realize that the Lord can bless your ruts. Joseph found himself in a rut the Bible called a pit. Often God puts us in trying circumstances because He wants us to wait on Him so that He can bless us. Our problem arises when we get impatient and give up before He can bless us. For example, did you know the largest pure gold nugget was discovered in 1869 in Australia? It was found in a wagon rut just a few inches below the soil. It weighed 2,248 troy ounces or around 154 pounds. At today's rate of $1,930.00 per ounce, its value would be a little over 4.7 million dollars. A great treasure was found in a rut. God can provide great blessings for you in your ruts, too. The spiritual ruts in your life may actually be times of blessing and refuge. It is difficult to see this at first. All that we can see is darkness and feel pain or hurt. The spiritual rut is part of a bigger plan that God has for you as you place your refuge in the Lord.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I know that I’m not alone in this spiritual rut. I’m fully aware that there are potential blessings in this rut if I’ll wait on. Help me to trust in You as I cling to the rope of hope by believing Your Word. In Jesus name, Amen!
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