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Yo-Yo: Roller Coaster (Bummed) - Monday


Posted on Mon, Mar 06, 2017

I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.  
1 Kings 19:4
 
I like Elijah’s honesty, don’t you?   When the bottom drops out in life and we can barely hold our nose above the water, we usually don’t feel like singing a hymn; at least I don’t. And you know something, that’s okay. If I’ve learned anything about God, it’s this: He can handle my honesty. In fact, He welcomes it.
In his book, Psalms of My Life, author Joseph Bayly writes,    
Dear God, I am alone tonight, all alone, a thousand miles from home. There's no one here who knows my name except the clerk, and he spelled it wrong. There's no one to eat dinner with, no one to laugh at my jokes, no one to listen to my gripes, no one to be happy with me about what happened today and to say, "That's great." No one cares. There's just this lousy bed and the slush in the streets outside between the buildings. I feel sorry for myself, and I have plenty good reason to. Maybe I ought to say I'm on top of it, praise the Lord, things are great; but they're not. Tonight it's all gray slush. (1)
We’re talking about depression In our devos this week… those times when everything feels like gray slush. As I said yesterday, I don’t know the answers, but I do know how to be honest about it, especially with God. Like the prophet, Jeremiah, I tell God how I feel, no strings attached (Lamentations 3). No more pretending, friends. God knows how we feel, and He’s never shocked or mad when we share our emotions. In fact, every emotion that is in us, is in Him. We’re made in His image. So He wants to listen. It’s one of the ways He says to us, “I love you.”
  • Spend some time today telling God how you honestly feel. He’ll still love you when you’re finished. Promise.
  • Read Lamentations 3. Note the transition in verses 21-24.  
(1)   “Psalm in a Hotel Room,” Joseph Bayly, Psalms of My Life, 

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director