“the pits we dig”

Have you noticed in the life of Joseph how often he ends up in a pit or prison? 

First his brothers fear his favor with their father.  Later Potiphar fears the safety of his home after the false allegations of his wife.  After his death,  Pharoah would fear the number of Joseph’s descendants and would create a pit of slavery for them to bolster his power and control.

Fear does that…it leads us to oppress and trap others to find security for ourselves.  Rarely does humanity sink so low as to lock up people in physical pits, but we are certainly skilled at scapegoating, maligning, and reputation rumoring to make others be viewed in their worst light.  Digging pits to bury them…so we can look better than we know ourselves to be.

The apostle John tells us, “There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love”  I John 4:18. 

This truth is changing how I see people and situations.  It’s changing how I pray for them.  It’s changing how I treat them.  God’s perfect love is driving out my fear! 

How about you?  Is there anyone that you need to rescue from a pit you’ve dug for them?  Have the courage to love today!