I feel as if I am trying to catch a case of the blues. The symptoms are relatively vague yet acutely recognizable. A general low-grade apathy is trying to invade my spirit resulting in a tendency to view every situation with suspicion. Disappointment is eroding my perspective, and I am allowing the circumstances to pile on top of me like a wet blanket. The weather outside matches my gloom. Low hanging gray clouds heavy with rain and the sticky, clingy air is oppressive. Another hurricane is out there somewhere, but its’ effects are reaching me. I know I am not supposed to be influenced by my emotions, and this too creates even more tension and conflict.
Am I alone or offensive by sharing this reality? Is there anyone else being taunted and weakened by the epidemic of confusion and chaos, hatefulness and harassment? Am I the only believer struggling with the temptation to be overwhelmed with unrealistic expectations, and worn out from over-thinking, over-doing, and over-committing? Looking around I think I see others filling up with the same infirmary as me.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, For I will yet praise him, My Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me; Therefore I will remember you …” (Psalm 42:3)
I Am Not Alone
I am in good company. Others have been in this place too, and here I have some insights to help me. They say “misery loves company” but I don’t want to stay here, and I don’t have to. And neither do you. Dejection and depression want to confine me to the sick bed, and although faith may be struggling at this moment, I sense it is fighting to flourish again.
The voice of the Spirit is reviving me as I turn my eyes off of my surroundings and myself and put them on Him. Like the Psalm writer, it’s time to give me a spiritual pep talk. I’m not suggesting an attitude adjustment. I’m talking about taking the living, breathing, active, sharp sword of the Spirit which is the word of God and applying it to my life right now. Please join me.
Ask yourself why you are cast down? Why am I anxious and upset? Do I have unmet expectations? Am I struggling because of my inability to control a situation? Is there a disruption to my plans I don’t like or didn’t foresee? Am I harboring unforgiveness toward someone? Am I comparing, complaining, criticizing, & competing? Be honest. Be still. Listen. Ask Him to answer the question rather than telling Him.
“The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Where are you placing your hope? Is it in the affirmation and acceptance of people? Is it in accomplishments and achievements? Again, ask Him to reveal your heart.
When we place our hope in God alone, we cannot be disappointed. He never comes up short! Hope in Him is confident and sure stability.
“Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5 AMP)
Worship Makes the Difference
Praise Him! The Holy Spirit living on the inside is pouring the reminder of His abiding love through my heart. I am filled with his loving presence and His empowering strength. I cannot help but lift my eyes toward heaven and thank and praise my God. He is higher than the thoughts that try to drag me down, and He is stronger than the limitations and restrictions of my understanding. He saved me and sealed me. I can never forget what God has done for me.
“Dear children, you are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (I John 4:4)
Goodbye blues. You have no authority over me. I’m standing on the word of God and He says, I’m free, I’m revived, I’m loved, and I’m overjoyed. Will you get up and join me by declaring,
“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” (Psalm 28:7)