Ever feel gloomy?
We just had a retired pastor friend of ours pass away.
We have another friend dying of cancer.
I look at the world around us and think, “Wow, how far have we drifted from the Lord”.
Wrongs seem right, and right seems wrong in our world today.
It can seem overwhelming at times.
Can any of you relate to the gloomy feelings that seem prevalent today? What are we supposed to do when things seem so gloomy?
I’m sure some godly people could relate to these gloomy feelings…. Noah (not a convert in 100 years while building the ark), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (fighting a seemingly futile resistance to the godless Nazi killing machine), Mother Teresa (faithfully toiling in the midst of endless suffering and heartache). Think they ever felt gloomy?
Obviously, we are not the first to feel depressed when we see the discouraging circumstances around us.
I think of Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:14-16….“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
There it is, our purpose in dark times….Let our light shine in the darkness of our time so that…. “they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” We are to faithfully do good; no matter our circumstances, so that God in heaven will be praised.
And what about when it seems that all the good people around us are suffering or dying? What about when we are falsely accused, and maligned? What will bring comfort to our troubled hearts? Jesus said…“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12
We just can’t look at things through temporary eyes; we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, “the author and perfector of our faith”.
Gloomy feelings may come and go……but the word of the Lord stands forever (I Peter 1:25)! We can count on God’s word, because His word is TRUTH.
King David said…“I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
Lord, be the “lifter of my head”. Apparently, the position of our head (our eyes) is very important in gloomy times.
When King Jehoshaphat was surrounded by an enemy greater than himself, it says that he went into the temple and he poured out his heart to the Lord. He said, “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12
That’s the best advice we can receive; take what troubles us to the Lord, and remind him (ourselves) that our eyes are on him!
Blessings on your journey…and keep your eyes up.
– Doug Pittam