Are you in some sort of bad mood? Sad? Depressed? Mad? Bitter?
Here’s the remedy: Get your eyes off yourself and focus on God. (This is not saying just to “take it.” If your problem can be improved or is solvable, work on it with the Lord’s guidance.)
But, often, we focus on how we feel to the exclusion of God.
The Psalmist (maybe David) gave us the prescription in Psalms 42 and 43.
Ask yourself why.
But the answer is not in your circumstances. The answer is in God.
The Palmist had to go through several cycles. Despair. Look to God. Despair. Look to God. Despair. Look to God.
Don’t bemoan your circumstances. Rejoice in your God.
What should we look at?
Remember God’s promise that nothing, NOTHING, can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
- Began a good work in you by saving you,
- is continuing His good work in you, by making you more and more into the image of His Son,
- and will bring you to heaven where you will be glorified, holy, and blameless!
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
These whom He predestined, He also called; and these who He called, He also justified, and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:30)
He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach. (Colossians 1:22)
Whatever troubles you have now, God brings to good, making you more and more into the image of His Son.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
This takes effort. The worse your mood, the harder the task.
Getting your mind off yourself may be a struggle. Like the Psalmist, keep at it.
If you rejoice in the lord, but then fall back into a bad mood, start again.
God is at work in you. Your circumstances are God’s tool.