Scripture: Psalms 73:21-26
So here’s the lesson. When Satan drops a bombshell on the peace of your life the initial shock waves of emotional response are not necessarily sin. What is sin is not to do what Jesus did when the bomb fell in the Garden of Gethsemane. Sin is yielding to depression. Sin is not taking the armor of God. Sin is not waging spiritual warfare.
But Jesus shows us another way. It’s not painless, but it’s not passive either. And I want us to follow him in it.
Let me just sum it up as we close:
1) Find your trusted friends. Who are they? Who are your inner ring.
2) Open your soul to them.
3) Ask them to fight with you, to wage war with you, to support you, to watch with
you and pray with you.
4) Pour out your soul to the Father.
5) And rest in the sovereignty of his wisdom, come what may. “But God is the
strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
So I close with this image. Leave it in your mind. The lesson of Jesus’ life and the lesson of the Psalms is this: every cave that you’re in—wandering along, feeling the rocks, stumbling, stepping, bumping your head—every cave that you are in is a tunnel that opens into glory. It opens into a day like today in Heaven, with the sun shining, and the grass green, and the waters flowing—as long as you don’t sit down in the cave and blow out the candle of faith.