Isaiah 53:6a: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; . . .
Psalms 40:2: He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Adam Clarke*s Commentary on the pit:
Where the longer I stayed the deeper I sank, and was utterly unable to save myself. The Syriac and Arabic translate *The pit of perdition, and the mud of corruption.* These are figurative expressions to point out the dreary, dismal, ruinous state of sin and guilt, and the utter inability of a condemned sinner to save himself either from the guilt of his conscience, or the corruption of his heart.
Clarke on set my feet upon a rock:
Thou hast changed my state from guilt to pardon; from corruption to holiness; in consequence of which my goings are established. I have now power over all sin, and can walk steadily in the way that leads to God*s kingdom.
When I received Jesus He delivered me from dangers to complete safety, from a pit and clay that I could not escape in my own power. Before my salvation I was overwhelmed by my complete helplessness that I could not, and still cannot completely define. I was helpless to accomplish anything that was satisfying or necessary. I could not find my way out of my self-made misery. I was caught in the snare of the Devil. I did not know the way but Jesus did. I did not know how to find Him but He knew how to find me. I did not know what I needed but He did. And He always does.
2 Timothy 2:26: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
I am reminded of the words we have probably all heard in a commercial How do you spell relief? This is how I spell it: J-E-S-U-S! Saved from clay to a rock and from going nowhere to going in the way that He has established, saved from being without direction or purpose to a Divine purpose. It was as if I was in a canoe without a paddle about to go over Niagara Falls. Jesus had the power to take me away from any and all danger. He saved me from my own goings into His goings. My goings are now His goings. He has changed my life. I want Him to establish ALL of my goings from now on. How about you? Even after we are saved, without His power we would still be helpless but His strength is now at work and will always be.
2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.Ephesians 1:9: Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: