There is something quite liberating about reaching rock bottom.
You cannot fall any further.
This thought struck me as I was sitting in church yesterday morning. When we reach rock bottom, when we find ourselves constantly repeating –
“I can’t do this any more”
“I can’t take much more of this”
“The hurt is just too much, I can’t bear it”
“I wish it would all just end”
– you have reached rock bottom, and it is at this place, that the following Scriptures take on a new meaning:
Psalm 31:3-4 “You are my Rock and my protection. For the good of your name, lead me and guide me.”
Psalm 62:7-8 “My honor and salvation come from God. He is my mighty rock and my protection… trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.”
God is dependable, unchanging and a firm foundation – a base on which we can rest.
When we hit rock bottom we hit God.
When a loved one has deceived and hurt us, when our shame at our lack of self-control threatens to overwhelm us, when the grief of losing someone becomes too hard to bear, when we cannot break free from an addiction, when we can fall no lower – it is then that God becomes the only option for our rescue, our survival, our growth, our future.
When we are consumed by shame we need to remember that our honor and salvation come from God.
He has the power to save us, He is our place of safety, He is our shield, He is our strength, He is our deliverer, He is our rock.
There is liberation in this knowledge. We are not alone. Our sins cannot separate us from God once we have confessed those sins to Him. They are wiped out. We are liberated. There is only one direction we can go, and that is upwards.
We may need to make restitution for something we have done, we may have to suffer the consequences of our addictions in our bodies, we may have to walk away from a situation BUT that’s okay because God is our rock. We have landed on Him.
Psalm 18:1-3 “I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me.”