Hitting Bottom!

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Bible Reading Devotion for October 4, 2017
from the Revelation of John, Chapter 9 found at https://www.esv.org/Revelation+9/.*

by Pastor Jerry Ingalls

Have you ever hit bottom?

Personally, I remember being in a situation in late 1996 where I thought I had hit bottom. It was horrible and it brought me to a “moral” conversion, but it didn’t turn me to Jesus. I was still trusting in myself to get me there! I was a nicer person after that, but it took an even lower experience five months later in early 1997 for me to truly repent of my sins and to turn to the God who was waiting for me right there where I was—in my failure and desperation.

I had to hit bottom before I put my trust in the God who rescued me! And unfortunately, I am not alone in that very human experience!

God is good that way, He is always right there waiting for people to turn to Him. Regardless of our circumstances, he is ready for us! But God seems to specialize in rescuing people from the bottom of the pit, whether they dug their own pit or someone did it for them!

No pit is too deep for God to rescue a person at the bottom!

No person is too far out of God’s reach!

When I pray for my loved ones—friends and family—and people in my church and community to repent and come to know Jesus more intimately or for the first time, I am praying for them to turn to Jesus in the midst of their own choices and circumstances. Unfortunately for some, I recognize and realize that pride and a whole host of issues may hold them back until they hit bottom. I pray that God will be merciful to all of us through that process, but ultimately, I pray for people’s salvation!

By the way, your salvation has nothing to do with whether or not you are a nice person or hard working or socially acceptable; it has to do with putting your trust in Jesus Christ!

When I read the judgments of God found in the Revelation of John, my heart breaks for people. Not in a haughty, I’m ‘better than you’ kind of way; not in pity. But sincerely and in empathy, my heart breaks because I know what it is like to resist God and to keep putting my trust in myself to get where I want to go. I get it! I’ve been there! I’ve lived it! I still taste of it…

Revelation 9 is a stirring chapter. After the woes of God are released upon the earth and 1/3 of the earth’s population is killed, people are still unwilling to repent and turn to God. Listen to Revelation 9:20-21, “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

What does it take to get people’s attention to turn to God for their own benefit, the benefit of their loved ones, and for the salvation of their eternal soul?

How low do you have to go? How low does our culture have to get?

Remember, God specializes in meeting people right where they are! God is especially adept at meeting people at the bottom! If you find yourself feeling like you or a loved one is hitting bottom, there is hope—His name is Jesus! Turn to Him today, He’ll lift you up!

Have you put your trust in Jesus Christ yet?

Editor’s comment:  It is amazing how many of us truly met Christ at the bottom of a pit of something just awful.  It occurs to me, though, that the pit could have gone deeper.  To a place beyond where we were – to utter despair.  Those who reject Him experience that.  If not now, then at death… and especially at the Judgment.   He saved me, not just from my personal pit of despair, but from the eternal pit of Hell. (Just some thoughts…)

*Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.


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