January 12, 2015

Read: Psalm 50

Think about the most optimistic and energetic person you've ever met. I remember being shocked at someone so full of energy. It seemed like life itself was the fuel for their tank.

And I get it. Being happy is better than being sad. But what does scripture say about optimism or pessimism? Should we go through life reactive to our circumstances, or should we fight to maintain our optimism?

Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Thinking about the inconsistency that constantly faced the Israelites, the command of not being frightened is so hard to digest. How could they, in the face of constantly moving, never knowing when and where their journey would end, and always having to be aware of potential attacks from enemies, stay unafraid? And likewise, how can we, in the current anti-conservative-Christian climate in which we live, live with a mindset that's both unafraid and optimistic?

In short, God is the answer both of those questions. As some once told me, “Focus on the Son, not the circumstances.” No matter what the world throws at us, if our life is about Jesus and our focus is always on Him, nothing can shake our faith.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.