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Sometimes we feel like we are not sure what to do or what to say. We feel unable to respond and are not sure what’s next. We feel stuck.
While it’s totally normal to feel this way occasionally. We can’t have all the answers all the time. It is important to recognize that we can stay stuck and unable to move forward. It can feel like struggling with what’s next, over-analyzing, or fear of failure. Any of these things can cause us to stand still and unwilling to take the next step (or any step) in our lives. Often, we find a multitude of things to help us move forward – that isn’t really helping us – instead of daily digging into God’s Word for inspiration, guidance, and motivation. His Word should be our first line of defense instead of our last call for help.
Key Passage: Psalms 143, NLT
A prayer in the midst of Hopelessness & Depression
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
2 Don’t put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
3 My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
4 I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
5 I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
6 I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude
7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me,
or I will die.
8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I run to you to hide me.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.
11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
What we can struggle with… *
- A new thing in our lives. This can cause us to struggle with what’s next and can be paralyzing.
- The unknown. Especially if we don’t know what’s next.
- Over analyzing. This happens when we put too much thought and effort into planning.
- History repeating. If we have failed in the past, we can fear to fail again.
These are just a couple of examples of how we can feel stuck. It is important to know that you are not alone! Many are feeling like they can’t move forward because life itself feels uncertain.
Q: What are you feeling right now? When you feel pressure do you feel hopeless or stuck? Do you feel like you have tried everything, and nothing is working?
King David felt stuck…
In Psalms 143, David is in trouble. He’s being chased down by enemies and he is in despair. He’s struggling but admittedly says “I am paralyzed with fear. The difference between David and many of us is that he knew where to take his fear and moments of failure.
#1 – It’s important to understand who God is and what He is about. It is important to make decisions based off what you know about Gods Character and Nature. He is Faithful. You can count on Him to come through. God has good plans for you and just because you are going through a rough patch don’t be deceived into thinking that’s your whole life story for you. Gods plans extend past a moment of inconvenience and our own disappointment. What we are going through is forging something deeper in you.
#2 – David acknowledges what’s going on and how he was feeling. Faith doesn’t ignore the reality of the moment … but DEALS WITH THAT REALITY! David chooses to be vulnerable, open, and honest about the moment. He reveals his solution in verse 5 and remembered every time God was faithful to him. He acknowledges that God hasn’t failed him yet.
Q: What has God done in your life that you need to remember? What are you feeling that you need to be open and honest with God about?
Lead me forward…
Often, people confuse obedience and faith. Obedience is walking out what you were told. Faith is taking steps based on what you know about God’s Character and Nature.
You must move … even if it’s one step.
Faith is a verb — It’s an action associated with a belief that God hasn’t failed you yet.
God wants us to move and the enemy will convince us to stay hidden, alone, isolated, and stuck.
Q: Where have you had faith and where have you stood still? What steps do you need to take?
Take a step forward today. You will be glad that you did. He has got your back!
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