Friday, June 5, 2015

Wrestling with Emotion

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:1-6 ESV)

Wrestling with Emotion
No doubt I've had seasons where I felt as if the Lord had forgotten me, and in a sense was hiding from me. As I wrestle with these feelings, my thoughts become my counsel. They tell me you've blown it again, you'll never be good enough (which is true), you are a failure and you will never succeed, God will not help you, you are cursed, and on and on the list could go.  

But, just like David, I remember what is true. God's love is steadfast. With that reminder I refocus my thoughts and turn them into praise for who God is and for His faithfulness. 

So, when you go through seasons wrestling with your emotions refuse to take counsel from your soul and remember what God says about you and every situation and season you find yourself in. He has dealt bountifully with us.