Experiencing a “dark night of the soul?” Depressed? Troubled? Lost? How do we cope with these feelings? By looking at the news I’d say we aren’t coping at all. Suicides, addiction epidemics, killings, bullying, and so much sadness and hopelessness.
Psalm 77 is titled: “In the day of trouble I seek the Lord.” In our day of trouble, what do we seek? Less and less people are seeking the Lord and going to other things and people in an attempt to find comfort, and this is the problem.
This Psalm hold the answer! Cry out to the Lord! All is not lost!
There are many who teach that in living a Christian life you will always experience health, prosperity and happiness. While God is a God of healing, He never promises in this fallen world dominated by the devil to protect us from all loss, suffering and grief.
Even Jesus Himself agonized in Gethsemane, and all of the Disciples suffered continual calamity.
As Paul tells the Philippians: “This is God’s grace in Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer (persecution) for His sake.”
Isa. 53:3 says that Jesus was despised and rejected, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. We serve a God who has experienced every form of pain imaginable to man and therefore can certainly relate to what we are going through on a personal level.
2 Cor. 1:3-6 reads: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which accomplishes in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we experience.…”
Is your pain and suffering so deep you can feel it in your very soul!? Jesus says this in Matthew 11:28-29 – “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
And He WILL hear you and if you trust in Him and give it ALL to Him, He will grab hold of that outstretched hand and He will lovingly guide you through whatever it is you might be going through.
Call out to Him, trust Him, and you will never be let down. Don’t look at and focus on the situation, but rather look at and focus on the situation solver – Jesus Christ!