Tired of all the busyness, brokenness, fear, worry, disease, disability, corruption, slander, vanity, trafficking, etcetera?
As Christians, how do we deal with all this?
Christians experience discouragements as all humans do, but what makes us different?
What hope do we have?
Exodus 33:14-16 says,
The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
It is fascinating to see that Moses sees God's presence as the #1 thing that will set God's people apart from the world.
John 13:35 explains that others will know we are Jesus' disciples by our love, but what about our inner being, our thought life, and soul?
Christians are still human and will experience a variety of feelings as a result of things that happen in this world, and shouldn’t become emotionless robots. Suppressing feelings is not the answer. It’s not healthy and may make things even worse.
So, what do we do with all our discouragement, fatigue, emotional pain, and apathy?
2 Corinthians 10:5 says that we are to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.
What will distinguish you from others, to keep you from being discouraged and depressed in this world?
HIS PRESENCE! Look for Him, seek Him, enjoy Him!
God is present everywhere, but to feel or know his presence we need to invite his presence by asking him to meet with us, right where we are at.
What would it look like to face life in this world, in His presence?
We feel stuck at our job, we invite his presence.
We lose a job, we invite his presence.
We lose people we love, we invite his presence.
We have a dream shattered, we invite his presence.
We struggle with family relationships, we invite his presence.
We struggle with the evil winning out in this world, we invite his presence.
We feel lonely, we invite his presence.
We feel insignificant, we invite his presence.
We face health issues, we invite his presence.
We have a physical disability, we invite his presence.
We are tired, we invite his presence.
We are stressed, we invite his presence.
We are disrespected, we invite his presence.
We are burnt out, we invite his presence.
We are barely getting by financially, we invite his presence.
We are betrayed, we invite his presence.
We are full of anxiety, we invite his presence.
Emanating God’s Presence
Biblically, we find that HIS presence makes us RADIANT. Moses’ face shined brightly as he walked down mountain, after being in God’s Presence.
Are you radiant? Or, putting it another way, can people DISTINGUISH you from other people on the face of this earth?
When you are feeling fearful, do you hide or take courage and move forward?
When you feel insignificant, do you drown out your feelings with food or seek his presence and realize God’s love for you?
When you feel burnt out, do you just quit or renew your strength in the Lord?
When disrespected, do you lash out in anger or have the power to show restraint because of His presence in you?
2 Corinthians 4:16 says,
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
Invite HIS presence and be renewed!
In closing, I hope you will take to heart these lyrics from Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full, in his wonderful face
And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace
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Heather is a professor in Sports Medicine and Mom to daughter Izabel. She is an Ohio native and huge Ohio State Buckeye fan. Heather loves to travel and take amazing photos of God’s creation. Although she lives in Michigan, she prefers a warm weather climate.