I thought I had learned all the “tricks” there were to help me emerge out of my grave discouragements that threaten to do me in every now and then. I thought having been ill for over a decade and having lived in the Word for the same amount of time would have taught me to rise up easily whenever the monster of discouragement reared its ugly head. After all, that’s what I often blog about. But truth be told, it’s never ever easy. There’s always a struggle involved to extricate myself from the snares of discouragement or depression. The hardest part is when you yourself don’t want to rise up from it. In my case, that means I’m so weary, physically and emotionally, and so dismayed that all I want to think about is negative. I murmur in my heart – sulky thoughts that pass fleetingly in the mind, nonetheless, they all contribute to the pity party happening.
If we try to analyze our emotions, we may find the shocking truth that our resentments, bitterness, dismay, and disappointments are directed to —- God. Quite shocking, but it’s best to be honest about our true feelings than hide them where they fester. We cannot hide anything from God. When I see these negative feelings for what they really are, a bevy of other emotions washes over me: shame, fear, confusion, helplessness. I can relate with the apostle Paul when he exclaimed in despair, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24)
But thanks be to God that his anguish didn’t end there. For the apostle Paul, the Lord Jesus Christ “is above all, and through all, and in [us] all (Eph. 4:6). Meaning, our emotions cannot bury us so deep that the Lord cannot reach us! That’s why the apostle Paul followed his anguished cry with this:
I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom. 7:25)
Just like that – he thanked God! No explanations needed. He thanked God because the Lord Jesus Christ has done it all for us! He has finished the work! Nothing surprises Him. The Lord knows those emotions. And not only that, He knows how to subdue them! And He will, for us, if we just allow Him to reach our hearts and not turn away.
For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (Heb. 2:1)
Too weary and discouraged to pray? Just whisper, “Revive me, Lord. Revive my spirit!”
When we have stopped struggling and have rested, we will have clearer minds. When we are ready to come before the Lord in praise and prayer, He is just delighted to receive us. And we are revived!
This song below, “He Alone is Worthy”, is one of my new favorites. When I listen to it, I can’t help worshiping the Lord. I pray it blesses you, too. (I’m sorry there’s no other music video of it. Consider turning off the music player at the bottom of the side bar. Thank you!).
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