“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance (II Thessalonians 3:5).”
The last couple of days it has been hard getting going. I have been really sluggish when it comes to getting out of bed and going to work.
I have had some recent excitement in my life, having just moved to the area where I grew up after some years overseas. I really love it in my new surroundings. But no matter where you go, you still have to make a living.
One day, shortly before I graduated from college, I asked a friend who had graduated a semester ahead of me and had a job what it was like to be in the workplace instead of in class. He said, “Well, work is…work is.. work is work!” I got his point. Doing any kind of job requires an expenditure of energy and effort.
It helps to be in love with what you do for a living, but a good many people don’t have that luxury. A person still has to get out of bed and earn that paycheck, regardless of whether they are passionate about it or not.
My physical circumtances may have changed, but I am low on gas these days. The last couple of mornings I have turned to prayer. I have prayed among other things that God would give me physical, spiritual, emotional and mental energy.
In those times when we are worn out, it is easy to get depressed. We start doubting God’s love for us. Like the Psalmist we wonder if God is mad at us. We think God is ticked. He’s up there wth a low grade temperature over our misdeeds. Or we think maybe we are getting punished for our sins. Perhaps like the Psalmist we think God is orchestrating misery for us in the form of emotional anguish and bad relationships (Psalm 80:4-6). After all, we think, doesn’t God discipline those He loves?!
The Psalmist also wonders why his new circumstances didn’t equal a better life. He says, in effect, “God, you moved us here and planted us. But now life stinks just like it did before. What’s the deal (Psalm 80:8-13)?”
Life can be pretty dark when we think life stinks. Prolonged darkness can have a negative effect if we let it. I lived in a country where it was dark a good portion of the year. I told some young natives of that country that I liked their climate, but that the darkness really got to me. One of them said to me,”It gets to us, too.” I was surprised by this because I thought they were probably used to it.
We need light. The Psalmist in his dire circumstances cried out for the light of God’s face. He wanted a sense of His favor again. The Psalmist asked God to bring His Son into his circumstances and intervene in his life. He asked for restoration and revival (Psalm 80:17-19).
When we are in dark times, depressed and low on energy we need a sense that God is with us, that He is behind us. We too need restoration and revival.
We can do the same thing the Psalmist did. We can cry out to God to shine His face on us. We can’t manufacture our own restoration and revival. God has to do it. So why not ask?