Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Stretched Beyond Measure

Can you think of some moments in your life when your mental and emotional condition was so frail, so battered, so exhausted that you wondered if you were losing it? Bad news often comes in bunches and we feel bombarded at times.  I think of a woman who has recently received bad news about her health, on top of bad news about one of her children, and then she lost her job!  At times like these you truly can feel as though you’re losing your sanity.

It’s undoubtedly what Job experienced when his world suddenly collapsed on him.  And though he never cursed God, as you read his story you see how there were times when his mental and emotional strength was stretched beyond measure.  At one point he said, “I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me” (Job 30:20).

If that’s where you are today—feeling as though you could lose your mind because life is so hard—I want to encourage you to remember that God has not and will not let go of you.  To keep your sanity, keep your mind on Jesus.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”  Paul wrote that “the mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).  When Satan is trying to literally drive you crazy, stand firm on the promise of God that he will keep you sane by his Spirit.  

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