Some of my posts are a bit gloomy…. and I have been there…. found myself asking God, WHY… I was so happy when I wasn’t trying to serve Him and now it’s spiritual war and it’s so hard to be happy under it and so easy to get gloomy and depressed….. WHERE now is the joy and happiness of being a Christian ?…. how am I going to be a testimony to the unsaved if my own life is so gloomy and stressful ?
TWO important things God showed me….
1. My problems are FAR, FAR less than the burdens of many, many others and the only way to improve my outlook is to TAKE MY ATTENTION OFF MYSELF…… and put it on HIM…. and on others around me who need help and comfort.
2. The frustration of failure and the fear of future failure…. can only be cured by giving it all to God COMPLETELY…..
Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you (1 Peter 5:7)
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Finally, God knows your heart desires and He sees your sacrifices and tears as you battle for HOLINESS in thought, word and deed….. and He blesses you in tangible, physical ways, in your flesh as well…. we often hear that the “flesh profiteth nothing” (John 6:63) and this is quite true from a spiritual eternal point of view…… but we have to avoid the extreme view of ASCETICISM….. and right now, we currently live in the flesh and God’s goodness extends to the WHOLE MAN (spirit, soul and body)…. therefore our flesh is blessed along with the rest of us.
It is totally amazing to me how GOOD and KIND… GOD is in relation to our fleshly needs and (even sometimes) desires…. when we are TOTALLY SOLD OUT to Him …. GOD CARES FOR US in a way that no UNSAVED person will ever understand.
In the words of the hymn by Frances Ridley Havergal, (Like a River Glorious)
“We may trust Him fully All for us to do, They who trust Him wholly Find Him wholly true”