Thought of the Week
Thought of the Week
Hey, guys, this one is an excellent post that is written by our very own Noah!
Lord, I pray that every soul that comes across this post that You would supernaturally consume it, Lord, that you would come into this place and supernaturally ignite people for you and your gospel
Without further a do, Noah…
When I was in first grade, I had to go to the doctors. They had to remove a few moles that could grow into something much more dangerous if left there. I remember that day vividly. On the day of my appointment, my parents let me go to a water park with some of my friends, to distract me. After a few hours, I looked over and saw my mom coming to get me to take me to the doctors for that appointment. I was terrified, and I didn’t know what to expect. After waiting for what seemed like forever, my name was called. As soon as I walked into the room, I burst into tears. I had never been more scared. They sat me down in the chair, and my dad, the nurses, and the doctor had to hold me down. I was screaming and kicking as hard as I could. All I could think was why my dad would be letting these people hurt me. More than that, he was helping them! At that moment all I wanted was for it to stop. I was so angry and hurt in how my always-loving dad would let this happen?
Now obviously I survived, healthy, and still love my pops. But what’s the point of telling this story? Well, thanks for asking, because I was about to tell you!
We all have gone through all sorts of seasons of life. These could have been good, bad, or anywhere in between. What I want to talk about are those seasons of life that are difficult. These difficulties could come in many forms. This could do something such as getting a bad grade, moving to a new school or town, criticism, injury, illness, heartbreak, a serious diagnosis, or death of a loved one to name a few. This is honestly just a part of life. Sometimes life just piles one thing on after the other until we’ve got nothing left. The question now is what is our response to that? I think that for many of us our response when life beats us down is to just to curl up and take it. But as Christians, I think God has so much more for us in those moments.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
In this Psalm, we see David in a similar situation. His soul is “downcast, ” so obviously he is going through some hard times. But the important thing to see here is what he is doing here. He starts to yell at himself, and specifically his soul. He begins to preach to himself the ruth. He reminds himself who God is to him.
Preaching to yourself sounds strange, but the psalmists do it often. In Psalms 142, the psalmist pours out his complaint of being surrounded by his enemies and that no one cares for his soul (v.3-4, 6). He doesn’t stop there though. He continues on and begins to speak truth over himself, by saying, “Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me(v.7).” See, he comes to God and lays before him what he feels and thinks about where he is at, but he doesn’t stop there. He goes on and preaches to himself the nature and character of God. Much like how I knew my dad loved me and that he wouldn’t allow me to be hurt unless its for my good. I had to remind myself that He loves and cares for me.
Let’s look at few of these truths that we can preach to ourselves. He is the only thing that can sustain us through all trials and tribulations. In those moments and seasons of hardship and suffering this is where we preach to our souls that there is no suffering that can compare to future glory (Rom. 8:18). That to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Phil. 2:21). That we should have joy in the face of trials of various kinds, as it produces steadfastness by testing our faith (James 1:2-4). That we can trust God is for us and not against us because we have tasted and seen his goodness (Ps. 34:8; Jer. 29:11).
Yet the picture of my Dad holding me in his arms while I’m screaming and weeping is what I want to come back to. I know this did not produce huge amounts of joy for my dad to see my hurting. My Dad is an incredibly Godly man and loves the Lord, but still is broken and sinful like the rest of us. How much more does it hurt our perfect Heavenly father to see his children hurting? So preach these truths to yourself. God does not allow these suffering and hardships to come upon you for no reason. Like John Piper says, “We do not lose heart because every single moment of our affliction in the path of obedience — whether from sickness or slander — fallen nature or fallen people — all of it is meaningful. That is, all of it — unseen to our eyes —is producing something, preparing something, for us in eternity.”
God I thank you so much for simply allowing to even have this opportunity. I’m so unworthy of you, yet you give me yourself daily. God I pray now for the reader that you do something supernatural in their lives. I pray you take them deeper into your grace Lord. I love you Jesus.