January 22, 2004
On the Bottom Looking Up
1 Samuel 30:1-20
Most of us know how it feels to be “on the bottom looking up.” Despair is a horrible condition because it continually feeds on discouragement, hopelessness, and failure. You see, the longer you abide in these things, the greater your despair will grow. And despair, in turn, will cause you to feel even worse. The only way out is to break free from this vicious cycle of darkness.
How can we strengthen ourselves in times of despair? It is essential that we meet this challenge head-on. That is, we will never accidentally fall out of despair; rather, we must set our minds toward overcoming it.
We do this by first repenting of anything that has caused us to lose faith in God. If we are in despair, then something has come in and overshadowed God in our lives. We must remove that barrier immediately.
Then, we must recall past blessings. Every believer has a powerful testimony of being saved from darkness into light. God has the power to save you from sin, and He has the power to overcome your despair.
Next, we must remember that our lives do not happen by chance. Instead, God has a clear plan for each of His children. (Jeremiah 29:11) He has promised to work all things for good for those who love Him, and He is strong enough to keep His word. (Romans 8:28)
Despair stands in conflict with the abundant life that God has promised. If you feel “on the bottom,” take charge of your despair and allow God to lift you back up today.
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