Verse for Today: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Psalms 31:9 – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
Many of our sicknesses come from the way we respond to the distress that we pass through. If we negatively react to our disappointments for long, it crushes us emotionally and slowly affects the various systems of our bodies. Many of us are thus sick and suffering from various ailments. When disappoints come our way, it is a challenge for which God wants us to react on the basis of faith that He will turn it into hope. When we react by faith, God gives us the courage to face our situation and the strength to do what we ought to do to overcome it. But when disappointments linger for long in the emotional realms of life, it will intensify pressure and tension caused by the stressful situations. When our emotions are thus unduly pressed upon, we draw extra energy from our bodies to cope with it. Thus our emotions work on our glands, muscles, joints, vital organs and even our skin and all the systems of our body. When the pressure becomes greater than what the body can take, it takes its toll on our bodies and weakens its functions. Over a period of time, our bodies absorb the pressure and slowly fall into single or multiple ailments of various types. Our immunity is also affected and so we fall prey to infections of various kinds. But God doesn’t want us to fall sick and lose our vitality and vigor which He wants us to use for His glory. He wants us to live with a positive outlook based on our ardent faith in Him and in His mighty power to turn our disappointments into hope. But unfortunately we succumb to pressures from our situations and fall sick and lose our confidence in life. David went through such experiences in life when he was buffeted by his enemies and situations. But God in His mercy helped him to put all his faith in God, and so he found healing through God’s touch. David found that faith was the panacea for all his emotional illnesses.
Dear friend, are your experiences of continuous disappointments leading you to increased pressure, tensions and frustrations in life? Are these frustrations taking away your appetite, deprive you of sleep and affecting your body clock? Are you getting more frequent bouts of headaches, irritable bowels, nausea, exhaustion, drowsiness and lethargy? Do you often lose interest in anything and feeling aimless with changing moods? Perhaps today you are going through frustrations, despondency, doubts, confusions and lack of courage which come from lack of faith in the Lord to deal in all your situations. Faith in the Lord is the panacea for all your emotional aberrations. If you put your trust in the Lord, He will fill your heart with hope, courage and boldness to face your situations. Only faith can answer your perplexing questions in life. Yes, by faith you will get strength to face all your situations with courage and boldness. You will thus be enabled to hand all your disappointments over to the Lord and rest in His presence. He will then fill you with His peace in all your situations. Today if distress and grief come to overtake you, pass it on to the Lord. He will give you His peace in all situations. He will give you joy in spite of your situations and make you confident to face it all with Him on your side. Thus you will have joy in your heart, strength in your bodies and praise in your mouth.
1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on the Lord because He cares for you.
Thought for Today
The healing touch of Jesus will give us emotional and physical health and fill us with joy our hearts and praise on our lips.
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me today to hand over all my frustrations to You and experience Your joy in all my situations. Amen!
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