Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
On the lips of the children of God there must always be a word of thanksgiving for all the good that God has bestowed upon us. The grace and mercy of God became effective in the life of each one of us and that’s more than enough reason to always be grateful and satisfied with what we are and have. If so, then why do we sometimes feel as if we had been dealt the worst hand? Why doesn’t our heart overflow with joy at all times because of the kindness and blessings that God has given us? Why our mood flags and sometimes we feel as if we were defeated and tired? There are two or three things that exert a strong influence on how we feel every day. One is our sinful nature that leads us to listen to the messages of the world and the tares of the enemy instead of awaiting the promises contained in the word of God. When we listen to what the world tells us we find that do not meet the criteria of what the world considers as successful and we are frustrated because our whole effort has been wasted.
On the other hand we have that we rely heavily on our own strength and therefore underestimate the power of God in our lives. When relying on our power we are heading quickly towards failure because the vast majority of problems and things cannot be solved by ourselves. Third is our limited attention span, which is the ability that we need to focus on a task without being distracted by the environment. This limited attention span reduces the time we need to devote to studying God’s word. With these three powerful influences acting negatively in our daily lives it should not be surprising then that joy and satisfaction are not part of our ongoing mood. Let us identify those negative forces that want to take away the joy and let us fight with persistence its influence on our lives by regularly immersing ourselves into the reading and study of the wonderful gift of God’s word. We’ll see how our mood changes from sadness to joy and from grumbling to praise. To God alone be the glory!
Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
When we are going through tough times and crossing dark valleys we tend to think that God has forgotten us or, even worse that He has turned against us. In these cases we find it difficult to find comfort, sleep, and even spin coherent sentences and thoughts. It seems that the benefits of having a relationship with God are no longer available to us and much of our time is spent remembering the blessings of God which we enjoyed in the past. Amid the confusion and despair, the enemy takes advantage of our weakness and throws darts of fire to us which purpose is that we end up believing that there is no longer anything else to do and that all is lost. His plan is that we throw in the towel and that we end up believing that we have been defeated.
If anything, we must be clear is that circumstances are in no way a barometer of our spiritual condition. Some people think that when things go wrong or when our health is failing, it is because we are in sin. They say that if we are not enjoying financial prosperity is because there is something wrong with our lives. Such unsubstantiated claims can not come except from the heart of the father of lies, Satan, and are irresponsibly repeated by those who have become his pawns in order to cause harm and confusion amongst God’s children. Let’s see how the apostle Paul described his circumstances: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Does this statement fit the image of the successful Christian these peddlers of the theology of prosperity want us to believe?
The apostle Peter complemented the idea this way: “If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” God has not abandoned us. Even if your circumstances indicate that you have been abandoned, do not believe it because it is not true. Keep putting your trust in God and very soon you will see His mighty hand at work. To God alone be the glory!