One of the most difficult things I find in life is staying positive when things around me aren't even remotely comfortable. When those pressures of life's existence are weighing on me, I want to gripe and complain. When I don't have enough money to do what I think needs to be done or when I don't have enough time to do what I know should be done, my mind gets frustrated almost to the point of anger.
At that very moment is where I must remember the promises and the full commitment of God to take care of me regardless of what I think lies ahead (Matthew 6:33). That doubt causes weakness not just in me, but it weakens those around me. My wife, my children, my family, my friends and associates are all in need of something. They are all facing one pain or multiple situations of discomfort in life.
What if everyone carried that degraded value within them? What if no one were walking and speaking in the confidence of God's blessings? It would be a nightmare. We would have no encouragement. There would not be a single positive statement ever made about anyone or anything. Negative positions, ugly gossip and horrible selfish attitudes would make us run and hide from the world. Just think about it... if you had no one walking and talking in the peace of the Holy Spirit, forget about "the sky is falling, the sky is falling." It would be "There is no sky! It's all gone."
We need a way back to hope and the promise of a better way. In the ol' folks terms... "We need Jesus!'
0 Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul.”
— Lamentations 3:58
Observe how positively the prophet speaks. He doth not say, “I hope, I trust, I sometimes think, that God hath pleaded the causes of my soul”; but he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. “Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul.” Let us, by the aid of the gracious Comforter, shake off those doubts and fears which so much mar our peace and comfort. Be this our prayer, that we may have done with the harsh croaking voice of surmise and suspicion, and may be able to speak with the clear, melodious voice of full assurance. Notice how gratefully the prophet speaks, ascribing all the glory to God alone! You perceive there is not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He doth not ascribe his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is “thou”—“O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.” A grateful spirit should ever be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after deliverances we should prepare a song for our God. Earth should be a temple filled with the songs of grateful saints, and every day should be a censor smoking with the sweet incense of thanksgiving. How joyful Jeremiah seems to be while he records the Lord’s mercy. How triumphantly he lifts up the strain! He has been in the low dungeon, and is even now no other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book which is called “Lamentations,” clear as the song of Miriam when she dashed her fingers against the tabor, shrill as the note of Deborah when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremy going up to heaven—“Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.” O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord’s lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.
1 Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). Morning and evening: Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.