Life isn’t always fun. And it doesn’t always go your way. There’s a reason there are things called emotions. If we were always happy we’d only have one emotion. And I’m sure that’d get boring. Although emotions are real, we must remember that emotions are not reality. They are results of our physical body here on earth. Emotions are governed by many things. Amount of sunlight, degree of hunger, comfort level, how many hugs we had recently, stress level, endorphins/hormones, amount of sleep, and situations in general. Emotions can seem like they have a great affect on the universe, but emotions aren’t the issue, our situations are the issue. (explanation to follow)
I want to give you an illustration of serious emotions, and a Biblical response to them. In 1 Samuel 30 David and his men return to their home city to find it burned. Their wives and their children are gone. When these mighty men who have slain thousands in victorious battle find their home in desolation, they have an emotional response. Yeah, they cry like babies. (1 Sam. 30:4) And can you blame them? Their families are gone! After crying until they can’t cry anymore, they start thinking about what to do.
What do they decide? Let’s kill David! Brilliant.
Now, think of David. His family is gone, his home is burned to the ground. And now his best friends and comrades want to kill him.
What would you do in that situation? How would you react? I’d probably fall apart.
In verse 6, we find David’s reaction. It says, "but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God." That’s right, David looked beyond his "situation" and saw the true reality. He could have looked at his surroundings and despaired, but he "encouraged himself." The word ‘encouraged’ means to strengthen. David made himself strong in the Lord.
How does this apply to us? Well, what’s going on in your life today? Are you in a "situation" that looks hopeless. Do you find yourself feeling terrible , stressed out, and emotionally distraught? Remember, emotions aren’t the issue, your situations are.
You might say, "My situation is horrible! I’ve got so much to do! I’m inadequate! Nothing is turning out right!"
I would challenge you, if you are feeling that way, you need a reality check. Your situation is better than it seems. You’re a child of God. You have a promise that He’ll never leave you. He’s working everything out to your good. (Rom 8:28) Your God is in control of all. If God is allowing difficulty in your life, it’s probably because He wants you to learn to react properly and go to Him about it. Are you going to let your emotions dictate your manner of life, or will you let God’s presence give you peace?
I challenge you, remember your true reality. God is your God. What could possibly go wrong?
Encourage yourself in the Lord.