Rude Awakening #14: Everyone feels this way now and then.
And let's not forget that Jesus called out from the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46)
It's important to remember that these feelings will probably pass soon. But maybe we should take a look at why we're feeling this way. David wrote in Psalms 42:11 "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
David reminded himself to hope in God! Our God is mighty, faithful and true. Nothing, and no one compares to him! His promises are real! He is worthy of our trust, and worthy of all of our hope. When we lose sight of his greatness, our problems look bigger than they really are.
How are things between us and God? Have we strayed from regular prayer and time alone with him in his word?
The times I'm most down and feeling that I don't matter, stem from a lack of praising God and time in prayer. I get so easily distracted, putting trivial things ahead of what's really important. Prayer takes a back seat, and soon I feel like I'm in the trunk next to the spare tire. That's a lousy place to be on this great road trip of life. Yuck!
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Sometimes we bring discouragement onto ourselves because we try to do everything our way, in our own strength, without seeking the Lord. It's easy to do. But let's consider this option instead...
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Do I matter?” we ask. We matter so much that Almighty God is willing and desirous to
- exalt us in due time if we humble ourselves under his might hand;
- take on our care for he careth for us;
- and direct our paths if we'll trust in him with all our heart.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Psalm 103 is one of my favorites. The first 14 verses are especially uplifting. As soon as you can read those verses out loud to yourself from the King James Version. You can't read that passage without feeling loved and appreciated.
You do matter! Your life does count! Encourage yourself in God today and RSVP to this great invitation personally addressed to each of us...
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
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