Why Moment - July 15
July 15, 2018, 7:04 AM

Submitted July 8:

“‘Why? Things are so bad you can’t see the light, but then you start seeing the light getting better and you are climbing the mountain with joy and triumph. Suddenly you start getting pulled down deeper and deeper until you are back to the lowest point again.”

 

There are many who believe that our times of trouble, especially those moments when we fall back into struggles and depression after experiencing joy and hope, are times when Satan is attacking us because the Devil does not want us to experience the joy, hope, and love of God. Personally, I don’t like to give Satan that much credit, but rather turn to us. What have we done to allow ourselves to slip from God?

When we feel far from God then it is us who have moved away. We have allowed life and troubles to get in the way and block our view of God. It is up to us, then, to seek out God, to look for that presence, and to ask God to remind us that He is with us.

In Matthew 24:6 Jesus tells us, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.” While Jesus says the word “wars,” the message is that there will always be those times when there is sadness, trouble, and struggle. We will always experience some sort of emotion and psychological challenge to our faith, our well-being, and the peace of our lives. What each of us must do, however, is trust in God’s presence, and hold fast to our faith and belief in the ultimate goodness and grace of our Lord.

James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” Whenever we feel that we are far from God, whenever we experience a time when we don’t feel God’s presence, we need to remember that God is always constant. God told Joshua, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)

You will be able to make it through these times of depression and sadness when you remember that God loves you and values you. He is with us in all things.

Psalm 40 tells us, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-4)

 

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