Monday, April 25, 2011

Looking to the Lord on Difficult Days

How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.  -Psalm 13:1, 2, 6 (KJV)

If you are anything like me you know Monday can be a rough day.  Often after a wonderful weekend of being with family, relaxing, and pursuing activities which bring tremendous joy we have to face the realities of the work week.  It’s easy to wake up on Monday morning feeling at least a little down and wishing the weekend had not ended.  If we are not careful we might begin to feel sorrowful and overwhelmed with all the responsibilities which are facing us with the coming week.  These overwhelming feelings have a way of mounting in our minds and leaving us with a negative outlook.  David of the Old Testament understood these feelings perfectly.  He became so distressed that at one point he began to wonder if the Lord had actually forgotten about him. 

Like David we too can begin to think so negatively about life and our problems that we start to question whether or not God still cares about us.  As followers of Christ we are called to hand such feelings over to the Lord in faith knowing He does indeed care for us and we are in no way forgotten.  This realization will facilitate the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and a wonderful realization then follows; God knows, cares, and has in no way forgotten.  We then sing to the Lord a new song of praise and thanksgiving. 
Are you feeling overwhelmed today with all the thoughts swirling around in your mind?  Are you tired of going over these troubling thoughts again and again?  Thinking about and continually pondering our problems is exhausting resulting in a heavy and sorrowful heart.  By the power of the Holy Spirit we find peace in the midst of these troubling thoughts which seek to rob us of the joy meant to be ours in Jesus Christ.  This is why we must set aside time every day to commune with God and mediate upon His Holy Word.  This is our daily opportunity to take all our burdens and give them over to the Lord.  God then eases our minds with the hope that He is with us and will bring us through the present storm.   

The words to an old hymn of the faith remind me of this truth: “Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear; all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer!”  

My friend, stop where you are right now and give your burden over to God.  I know it appears to be hopeless and overwhelming.  In Jesus Christ there is hope.  The Lord will bring you through to a brighter day.

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