Here we are almost two weeks into 2023, and some of us might be feeling a little sad. If that’s us, what should we do?
Reasons For Our Sadness
Some of us may feel sad because of broken relationships. Or because we miss loved ones who are no longer with us.
Perhaps we feel sad because of our health or financial situation.
Maybe our sadness isn’t because of something affecting us. It is because of situations affecting our loved ones or friends.
There are many reasons why we might feel sad. Sometimes we may even feel a deep sadness, yet aren’t exactly sure why.
Overwhelmingly sad. That’s how one friend told me she felt. Overwhelmingly sad for no apparent reason. She couldn’t understand it, and didn’t like it one bit. She turned on the radio to distract herself. She tried to think positive thoughts to pull her from the sadness. Anything to stop feeling so sad. But nothing helped.
Perhaps you can identify with the oppressive weight she felt. I know I can.
Out of the Blue
Sometimes, for no apparent reason, all of a sudden we might feel sad and not understand why. Like my friend, we find ourselves spiraling deeper and deeper into a funk, despite our best efforts to do the opposite.
We’re auguring in. All the while we’re yelling, “Pull up! Pull up!”
Sometimes we know the reason for our sadness. Broken relationships. Loss. Conflict. Discouragement. Difficult decisions. Whether we know the reason or not, the sadness is real.
Why is My Heart So Sad?
In Psalm 42 and Psalm 43, within a total of 16 verses the following lines are repeated three times.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!
As sadness enveloped David, he remembered God. He remembered the Lord who pours his unfailing love upon us. He remembered his hope is in God alone.
Our Best Defense in Times of Sadness
When sadness hits, perhaps like the psalmist, our best defense is to remember God’s provision. Remember past victories. Be specific in remembering what God has done for us. Remember what God brought us through. And keep at it for as long as it takes to turn the sadness around.
Keeping a written record of all the times God showed up and showed out in our lives makes the remembering easier and more concrete. That way, when sadness strikes, we have a record of all the times God was faithful. Armed with that knowledge, we can ask ourselves why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
Our Hope is in God
As it was with David when he wrote his psalms, when we feel sad, our hope is in our Savior and our God. The One to whom all our praise belongs.
What do you do to combat sadness when it strikes? Do you have a specific way to remember all of the time’s God proved himself faithful in your life?
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Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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