By Fred Pruitt
(The following is the response to the person whose questions had instigated an article posted last October, “The Light Shines in the Darkness.” My friend wrote me in his response that his life now seems to have “gone to pot.” He had been a real “church” man and now found no joy there anymore, and further that since he had come to believe that Christ and he are one, and “let go the reins,” so to speak, that all sorts of problems and temptations that had been problems in his past, were now coming to back to him, and he thought he was losing control of himself. What to do? What to think?)
Perfect!!!! You see, all the outer had been buttressed up by rules and regulations and keeping yourself holy, and that becomes our crutch, that at least we keep ourselves from this and that and we make that to be our holiness. But there you are, it’s all gone to pot, as you say, all the outer trappings of behavior and attitude that you have thought were the proof of the pudding in you, now taken away and it seems that once the restraints are loosed, everything is going haywire.
And it is exactly to finally push you into that corner where you can do nothing, can rely on nothing, can confess nothing, can only be nothing. You are at that final place where it can be only God or nothing. You cannot pull yourself up by your own bootstraps here, because the Lord has removed the bootstraps. He is your bootstraps, and from here on out He does whatever pulling up there is to do.
So we’ll watch and see how He does it, and in the meantime you have been basically “killed,” for you find no joy in life anymore, it all having gone to hell. God is faithful, and you will KNOW Him faithful in you. Be not afraid, only believe. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning!”