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Nothing Can Make Me Blue

      By Fern Horst

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." (Psalm 43:5)

I recently came across a quote that states, "Nothing can make a trusting Christian blue." As I often do when hearing or reading something, I stopped and asked myself, is that really true - is it possible that nothing can make a trusting Christian feel down or depressed?

I concluded that it is. Note that it does not say, "Nothing can make a Christian blue." The qualifier is the word "trusting." When we put our trust in God for all the disappointing, disconcerting, and discouraging things we face, we have valid reason to hope for a positive outcome. After all, it is the God in whom we choose to trust who says to us, "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

This means that no matter how hopeless a situation seems and no matter what my feelings are about it, God has plans for good that supersede my initial dismal perspective of it. When I choose to focus on God's promises and on His goodness, hope for that situation is born. It is a hope not based on groundless positive or wishful thinking, but on truth.

It does not mean that a situation will turn out the way I initially wished it would. It does mean I can rest assured that the outcome God ordains will be for my good if I love Him. Whether or not our prayers for healing come to pass, or whether we get that job we so wish for, or the spouse that we have long prayed for, or that opportunity that so far has eluded our grasp - we cannot be blue if we are trusting in God and in His goodness. Fully trusting God and feeling blue cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. One cancels out the other.

We could easily re-write the verses in Habakkuk 3:17-18 for ourselves for this present time:

"Although the economy collapses and I lose all that I have; although I am without a spouse and my desire for children is slipping by unrealized; although my job is unfulfilling and my friends live far away: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord and will take joy in the God of my salvation."

Since we live in a fallen world, we can expect that things will be imperfect, and sometimes even downright awful. It is important that we realize that feelings of grief and sadness are normal when a desire is not realized, or when we lose something important to us, or when we observe the pain and struggles of others. Our trust in God and His goodness helps us to work through the sadness and grief and allow them to make us stronger and more empathetic people, rather than letting them send us into depression. Nothing can take away our joy in the Lord unless we choose to not trust Him to fulfill His promise to work everything together for good.

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee." (Psalm 84:11-12)

© 2009 Fern Horst

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