The breath-taking sunrises and sunsets testify to the undeniable truth that there is a God, in spite of rumors to the contrary. Nature testifies that it is also true, according to the Scriptures, that He holds all things together — read about laminin here — in spite of man’s futile attempts to discredit Him and blame Him for their ills and the resultant effects of their poor choices.
But God is not mocked! He will be glorified, and one day every knee will bow before Him, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. The beauty of creation recognizes there is a God, and relinquishes their secrets with the rising of the morning sun.
It is equally true though, that there is a very real enemy — Satan — and he is roving the earth “seeking whom he can devour.” One of the tools in his very formidable arsenal, is discouragement. Sometimes, circumstances threaten to overwhelm us, and discouragement sits uninvited at our table. Jim Elliot, one of five martyred missionaries to the Aucas of Ecuador, once wrote, “Discouragement is a satanic tool that seems to fit my disposition well.”
Many of us easily relate to Jim’s perspective, and it can often feel as if the walls are pressing in around us, and it’s all we can do to stay standing. At those times, we tend to become self-absorbed, focusing on our troubles and our pain. That’s human nature. But there is a way to rise above the crushing weight of your pain and circumstances.
Absolutely! It’s found in Psalm 77. “So, how does it work?” I hear you ask. Well, it simply takes the focus off you and your pain, and puts it squarely on you and your God!
I cry out to God;
I call to God, and He will hear me.
I look for the Lord on the day of trouble…
God your ways are holy.
No god is as great as our God.
You are the God who does miracles; you have shown people your power…
You made a way through the sea and the paths through the deep waters, but your footprints were not seen.
So today, as I remember too many in our faith community who are struggling with the death of a loved one, debilitating illnesses, shattered dreams, and broken promises, I pray that discouragement won’t win the battle in your mind. I pray that today, you’ll remember the God who loved you enough to die on a cross just for you…and who still does!