The urgency to share the words, “You are never too far gone,” haunted me. You are never too far gone are words etched deep in my life.
The urgency to share the words, “You are never too far gone,” begged to be said
I am a former pit-dweller. A former pit-dweller who lived five years mired in a dark and desolate place of sin and remorse. I would love to be able to tell you I fell into the pit of sin and darkness, the truth is, I cannot.
I jumped, and it was ugly. There is no comfort when separated from God. The cost is high, and destruction is inevitable when you buy into the enemy’s lies.
Sitting at my desk, coffee in hand, reading the Word, making notes in my journal a tingle ran across my scalp. The hair on my arms stood up as I felt a stirring I needed to hear. I followed the trail, connected the Scriptures, making notes.
Someone needs to hear these the same words, today:
“You are never too far gone.”
From Hosea to Joel to Psalm 40 I found and wrote the words:
- His treasured possession
- He has set His affections on me
“I waited patiently for the Lord, and he turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the Lord.” Psalms 40:1-3 (CSB)
At the end of myself, I cried out to the Lord, and He heard me. He answered my desperate cry, pulled me from the pit and bandaged my wounds.
I lay prostrate before him, confessing all that I had done, admitting my arrogance at turning my heart from Him.
He set my feet on firm ground and put a new song in my mouth.
I committed to moving toward Him and not away from Him.
Can I tell you that once rescued, you will never want to go back there again? Never.
Choosing to change is one thing, the actual doing another. I needed help, help from God to keep me moving forward in Him.
Psalm 37:4 (CSB) “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.” became my prayer. I prayed over and over that the Lord would remove my desires, making Him my heart’s desire. He did.
Was it easy? No! Was there fallout? Yes. Did I learn from this dark time? Of course!
I was confronted with my sin, confessed my sin, repented and encountered a holy God who reaches even to the depths of Sheol to pursue and rescue His beloved children.
From the mud and mire, I believed I was too far gone, but I wasn’t.
He has set His affections on me. Loved. Seen. Heard. Pursued.
And neither are you. You are chosen. His treasured possession.