"I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there's one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope.
God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He's all I've got left.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It's a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It's a good thing when you're young
to stick it out through the hard times." Lamentations 3:21-26 (The Message)
Have you ever been there? There at the bottom of your circumstance? At the point when you are wondering how in the world did you ever allow yourself to get to this point? Was that the time where you vowed never to let this happen again?
It is sad when we get to that point. It doesn't have to happen--but at times--we allow it to. Remember when the prodigal son left all cocky and thoughtless--only to have to come back, groveling on the ground, prepared to plead to his father to have mercy on him and allow him to come back, not as his son, but as his servant?
Why does this happen? Because your Heavenly Father knows you better than you know yourself. Because He knows that sometimes, He has to knock us off our self-serving, self-righteous pedestal in order to have room for Him and His wisdom in our hearts and soul. Because when we are at our lowest, that is when He is at His strongest. It's when we give up on us and allow Him to come and do His will into our lives.
The above verses are full of promise and praise and everlasting hope. Old Testament, New Testament--God's love, faithfulness and hope is never changing. It's there. Don't abuse it, but don't let your shortcomings keep you from experiencing the deepest feeling of forgiveness that you will ever feel.
Your Heavenly Father loves you the same today, tomorrow and yesterday. Thank Him for that and go forth with strength and God-assurance to get done this day, what your God purpose is meant to get accomplish!