Perhaps this is a time when you are trying to sort out the voices in your head, struggling to decide what is true and what is not, or what is misleading. Perhaps your spirit has been deflated because of what is happening in the world, what others may be saying about you, and it is becoming more difficult to “worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God” (Psalm 100:1-3). After all, you may be asking yourself, what have you got to be thankful for?
There’s so much happening all around us, in the world and on the political scene that some of us have forgotten the truth of who we are in Christ, and in so doing we have exchanged the truth for a lie. There’s sickness, violence, loss, sorrow, disappointment, and financial concerns, and none of us is exempt. But if we are not firmly grounded in the Word, it’s easy to get thrown off the course God has set for us. And that is exactly what the enemy wants, and why he is setting up roadblocks in our path, dispersing doubts in our mind, and messing with our confidence. He desires to keep us so busy worrying, distracted, frustrated and defeated that we will forget who loves us, whom we serve, and who we are in Christ. But lets not forget that every day is a new beginning, a fresh start to rev up our engine with prayer and the Word. Remember that God is holding on to us, so we must lean into Him by remembering where He has brought us from, because the truth is that although we may not be where we want to be, we’re not where we used to be, and that should be enough to be thankful for. Think about it this way, regardless of how our day ends, morning offers us a clean slate to start over, and not every one will get that opportunity.
The truth is, sometimes we forget that God’s peace, which is the only true and lasting peace, is different from what the world would have us believe. We forget that our peace is not in the absence of war or conflict, and it does not depend on who is in the White House or what others think of us. We forget that joy does not depend on what is going on in our life at any given moment, and it is not found in how much money we have in the bank, neither is it as simple as positive thinking. Our joy is not subject to people who do not know us but judge us, but in the truth that God loves us consistently and in spite of our humanness. Joy is found in knowing who God is, so look to Him to see your reflection and strengthen your resolve.
He is concerned about you and me! When He was in the Garden of Gethsemane with His face bowed to ground, His soul crushed with grief to the point of death, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine”, it was all for you and me! So, give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you. Remember, regardless of what is happening in the world, God is always in control. Stay focus!