have more than our share! How can a person find comfort and strength in God in
the midst terrible trials and great sorrows?
around in the world these days! Many are still struggling with job losses, and
unemployment, and the general mood of so many people that write or call me is
one of fear, depression, or anxiety brought on by situations in life they
obviously in a time of tremendous difficulty:
where are you in my sorrow? Where are you in my distress? Where are you with
answers and help? Oh God I need you. I am washed over with grief and sorrow, my
heart is failing within me. Oh God, comfort me in my distress this morning!
Lift up my countenance bring me hope and joy! Remove these dark clouds of
despair from my heart and mind. Each time I think the darkness can grow no
deeper I am brought lower into the abyss of sorrow and mourning. My life has taken jolting twists and
turns and I fear I do not know where I will wind up in the end. It is as though
I am on a runaway cart in the darkest cavern and I am holding on for dear life.
Where can I find You Lord? Where do I go to bask in Your goodness and light? I
wish to hide myself in Thee, in the folds of Your magnificent train. Comfort me
in my distress Oh Lord, for I am weak and failing to stand.”
of a person who is in distress. The world’s answer to these feelings is
medication that will alter the chemicals in our bodies so we feel no pain or at
least don’t care that we must go through difficulties. I have to admit, that when
I find myself “washed over with grief and sorrow” I too am tempted to
seek an easy escape. No one likes to
suffer, and no one likes to feel sad.
way of artificial escape.
they? When I am in that place of emotional turmoil there are times I just want
to do it sit and stare at a wall. I might try to spiritualize it and say that I
am “being still before God,” but in my heart I know what I am doing
has little spiritual benefit. I am really meditating on my problems and
ruminating on my sorrows.
Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over
me? Psalm 13:2 (NASB)
counsel in his soul it means he is thinking about his problems. This results in
having a sorrowful heart all day long.
deep rivers of sorrow and grief? How can
we mine the gold from the Word of God that will bring us up from the darkness
and gloom and into His glorious joy and rest again?
that either please you or displease you and translate into what we know as happiness,
hope, well-being or sorrow, despair, fear, or anger.
the place of reason (Matt 13:15), and feelings and affections (Ecc 7:9; Isa
35:4), as well as the place our will resides (Ps 25:12).
the brain. The brain carries out the hidden desires of the heart (inner man), the
immaterial part of you I so often refer to in this blog. The heart drives your
thoughts, beliefs, and desires.
a bodily function. We are the only creatures like this! This is why the
Psalmist says “we are fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)!
and emotions are responses to
things that a sovereign God has brought into life. He allows hardship through
financial reversal, He allows rebellious children who throw away all the truth
that has been poured into them, He allows job loss, He allows our husbands to
sin against us, He allows our bosses to treat us unkindly, and He sets the
kings in place over their countries.
that take place in life reveal what we believe about God. Tough days are intended to mature us and
develop our character. They are intended to diminish our love of the world and
cause us to long for our heavenly home.
work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according
to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NASB)
more like Christ as we share in His sufferings.
predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son… Romans 8:29 (NASB)
serve a purpose. I am thankful He is accomplishing His goals in my heart and
life. I am thankful He loves me.
not despair and do not think all your worldly misery is for nothing. God is
aware of every tear and every sorrow. He is walking with you through every
moment of suffering.
His wonderful lavish grace as it washes over your aching heart.
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