Thursday – May 30, 2024

1 KINGS 3; 2 CHR 1; PS 42; ROMANS 8

by Becky Hill Martin

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:11

You know that feeling when you’re just down and out, and nothing seems to lift your spirits? Yep, we’ve all been there. Just like the writer of that classic REM song “Everybody Hurts” and the author of Psalm 42, even Christians face those gloomy days. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, right? We get the blues and sometimes fall into a funk that’s hard to shake off. (Just to clarify, we’re not talking about clinical depression here—that’s a medical issue that might need a doctor’s care.)

So, how do we bounce back and reclaim our joy? Here are a few tips:

Change Your Perspective: When you’re feeling low, look up. Literally! Try to see things from a different angle. Listen for God’s voice, and the best place to hear it is in His word.

Lean on Your Friends: Remember the line from that REM song about taking comfort in your friends? It’s so true! When we’re feeling down, we often push people away. But even Jesus, when He was overwhelmed by sorrow in Gethsemane, surrounded Himself with His disciples. So, don’t isolate yourself. Reach out and let your friends support you.

Trust in God’s Faithfulness: This one is huge. Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves, like David did in Psalm 42, to put our hope in God. We might have to tell our soul to trust Him and let our feelings catch up with that truth. Walk by faith, not by sight, and keep moving forward.