Look to Jesus
Does this sound like you?
- My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me.—Psalm 44:15
- My tears have been my meat day and night.—Psalm 42:3
- My strength faileth me.—Psalm 38:10
- For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth.— Psalm 31:1
- My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.— Psalm 55:4-7
Verses like these are found throughout the entire Word of God. They include words like overwhelmed, burdened, sorrows, fear, trembling, and tears. Many times, they are descriptions of how we feel in life.
I have discovered in the last few years that many people have come to the point of near hopelessness. Their 401K’s have disintegrated, many have lost their jobs, and the subprime loans have weighed down scores of people, including Christians.
What can we do when it seems like there is absolutely no hope in sight? Let me answer that question with the Scriptures. I have discovered great joy in:
- Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.— Psalm 27:14
- Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.— Psalm 55:22
- Renew a right spirit within me.— Psalm 51:10
- When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me.— Psalm61:2-3
- Trust in him at all times.— Psalm 62:8
Many of us have come to the point in our lives where our lifestyles have been drastically changed. Homes have been lost, automobiles have been repossessed, and jobs have been lost. Yet may I remind the dear people that I love so very much that He never changes. He is just the same. You can always count on God. My suggestion to you during the midnight hour is that you “turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Here is what has helped me throughout the various adversities I have faced in life.
- The Word of God (especially the Book of Psalms)
- Prayer—truly talking to the Lord
- Waiting on the Lord
- The house of God—I find myself revived when I get around God’s people.
- Godly Christian music
- Living for others—Find someone along the pathway of life who you might help without expressing to them your own personal woes and setbacks. (Perhaps their trials are so small compared to our own, but it is still a trial for them; and we must do our very best to lift others’ burdens.)
- Develop a right attitude—Someone once said that altitude is determined by attitude.
- Faith and hope that it is all going to work out
Most of us have a tendency to worry and fret over current difficulties; yet five years later, we have to deal with even bigger issues. Do not allow this world to steal your joy and happiness. A mate deserves a happy mate. A child deserves a happy and wonderful parent. A church deserves a cheerful pastor. May I suggest to each of us today to take some time to “count your blessings, name them one by one; and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!”
God bless you.