How can the Bible even use the words “rejoice” or “joy” in the same sentence with “trials”, “fiery ordeal” or “sufferings” ?! That’s outrageous!
It might be outrageous … but it is also possible. It is possible to keep our hearts intent on following God during days of harsh trials and unending fires.
We have idolized our feelings to the extent that they have more control over us than does the Word of God when going through a trial. Our human conviction that we must complain, whine and carry on during days of pain are a sad and weak deception.
God never promised that life would be easy but He promised that He would never leave us. I can worship a God like that!
Jesus never declared that trouble-free living was a part of abundant life on earth. He did assure us, however, that He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort us when our lives were uncomfortable. I can rejoice knowing that the Holy Spirit is the best Comforter in the history of the universe!
Today, my prayer for those of you who are dealing with depression too dark to verbalize, is that you would open your mouth and sing.
My prayer is that you would lift your hands toward heaven, at your moment of most excruciating pain, and declare your trust in God.
I pray that you will worship regardless of how you feel. Do not allow your feelings to have the last word.
1- Write out the words to your favorite hymn or worship song and meditate on them today.
2- Share three things for which you are grateful in your journal, and through Twitter and Facebook. #beatdepression
“I will worship the Lord today! A song of praise will drown out my emotions and I will keep Jesus on the throne of my heart!”
“Jesus, thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to be my comforter in days of darkness and pain. Amen.”