Be Still Know
Romans 8:23 NLT
“And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering.”
Yesterday we considered creation groaning in anticipation of being reunited with the creator. Today, Paul says that each one of us also groans along with creation. I don’t know about you, but I am increasingly aware that I can sigh outwardly while assuming I am doing so inwardly, and quietly. Walking the dog, or sitting watching a movie, my wife says, ‘What’s that for?’ When I look at her bewildered, she adds, ‘That big sigh.’ So it’s out there. My inner angst has escaped without my being aware of it.
Yet, these involuntary public sighs of mine suggest that perhaps there is an increased weariness generated through living. For me, it is the repetitive nature of so much of life’s routine, and the stresses required simply to stand still in life. Maybe it is that there is nothing that causes me to spring out of bed into my day. I rather have to drag myself into it.
This might leave us all somewhere south of bleak if it were not for the fact of our love for and life in Christ. The reality check is that finding the joy sometimes requires discipline and determination. As Jesus set his face towards Jerusalem out of commitment to fulfil his call, so I confess to having to set my face to the day ahead and serve God as a discipline, for it is what he requires of me.
There is nothing surprising in this. Each of us is subject to depression. Don’t, however, seek to bury, disguise or deny your feelings. Also, don’t embrace them as the truth. They are, in fact, a powerful mirage that appears to hold the power to dethrone God and destabilise you. However, God remains risen and a source of hope. It may mean that we require some help and support in reconnecting with that hope. Reach out to God in search of fresh hope today.
QUESTION: Do you experience moments when the ‘blues’ strike? If so, what is your reaction?
PRAYER: Heavenly Lord, I am grateful that time does not weigh on you, so remind me on the days when I am weighed down that my hope is in you.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved