This past week, I was watching a message from Judah Smith, Senior Pastor of The City Church in Seattle. There is a particular part of the message that I believe someone who is reading this needs to hear.
There are times in our lives when we feel tormented because of something we have done in the past. We believe that because of a certain thing that we had done that no one could love us and that we can’t be used by God. We think that we have sunk, fallen, or drifted so low that God can no longer reach us. We think that we have walked to far away that God can’t save us. We have come to a place where we have lost all hope.
David felt the same way after he had murdered someone and committed adultery. This is what he wrote “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.”(Psalm 139:7-10 NKJV) David wanted to hide. He wanted to run. But he knew that no matter how low he fell, God went even lower. Even to the pit of hell, God is still there.
Jesus humbled himself to the lowest of lows in order that no matter how low we have fallen, He can still lift us back up. Peter talks about this “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison. (1 Peter 3:18, 19 NKJV) In other words, Jesus would rather go to hell, and He did, so that He wouldn’t have to spend eternity without you. So it doesn’t matter what you have done or how low you think you have fallen, Jesus went to the furthest lengths in order that He might be able to lift you up.
Nothing you have done, do, or are going to do can separate you from God. Paul says it this way in Romans 8 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35, 38, 39 NIV84)
So do you think that your past has made you fall too low, I want to let you know that God can go lower. Do you think that your present situation is to low for God to raise you up, God can go lower. Do you think that you are trapped in a prison of torment that there is no way out, God can go lower. Do you think that you have sunk too low into despair, God can go lower. No matter how low you can go, God can and has gone lower and He can and will lift you back up. All you need to do is call upon His name to save you. No longer be tormented, no longer lose hope, no longer wallow in despair. Let Jesus lift you back up today.