Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Renewal (Elements of Existence) #AtoZChallenge

English: Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Ho...
 Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:10-12
New International Version (NIV)

        All around us we see others struggling with their lives.  There are those who are dealing with economic hardships, health problems, and emotional conflict.  These life difficulties are often self-inflicted, not so much on purpose but more so being the consequences of bad life choices and withdrawing from the aid of the Holy Spirit.

        Alienation from God is our choice, but so often we want to blame God for leaving us on our own and not providing the assistance to pull us from the depths into which we've sunk.  Blame is not the appropriate solution.   Instead we need to call out for God's help and reach out for his hand.   God provides the ultimate answer to the difficulties we face in life.

         Mental health specialists might be able to help some.   Drugs can provide temporary assuagement, but they are not the ultimate long term answer. Friends or family members can comfort us to some degree, but we become a burden to them if we are overly dependent.   God is the perfect solution to our needs, but if we don't recognize this and believe it then we cannot hear his voice of comfort calling to us through the confusion of our pain.

         Each day we are dying.   Yet through God we are becoming more alive and growing ever closer to a perfect eternity with Him.   Feeling defeat and weariness is not an unusual state of human existence on occasion, but we don't have to be constantly beaten down into that frame of mind.  Renewal is at hand and is ours for the believing.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16
New International Version (NIV)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please offer your thoughts.