Last week, while I was sweltering and sweating profusely, someone commented to me that it was a nice, ‘warm’ day.  To me, it was far past warm.  I always find it amazing how differently our bodies can react to the weather.  In the winter, my wife tells me our house is cold while I find it comfortable.  In the summer, people tell me it’s warm while I melt.  We all react differently to different climates.

    The same is true for spiritual climates, we all react differently.  When some people find themselves in difficult circumstances, they wallow in self-pity.  Others stand up and refuse to let the circumstances rule their lives.  The important thing to notice is that, for the most part, we decide how we will react.  It is our decision to allow self-pity to take over, or to stand up and fight.

    Psalms 42:11 gives a solution to that attitude of self-pity.  “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (KJV)  When we feel all hope is lost, the solution is to look toward and praise God.  Sometimes hard to do, but always effective.

Published by Ray Richards