So many people are caught in the trap of saying the “right” things that completely deny the way that they are truly feeling as they go through deep trials. The words may well be 100% Theologically accurate, but are completely incongruous with the inner war that is raging to find a foothold of true faith.
It’s nothing more than duplicity and positive self talk in most cases as the words they utter when asked how they are doing are as contrived and scripted as a Daily Bread devotional/poem. It’s the notion of I can’t say how I’m truly feeling as those words won’t sound like faith to the people I’m talking to, and then I’ll feel guilty for not handling my trial in ways deem as Bilical.
Here’s an excellent depiction of how one can truly find contentment in God when the whole deportment of them outwardly says they’re really slipping away from any semblance of a James 1 “joyful” experience of trials.
A depressed but born again person, Piper added, has a “seed of contentment in Christ.” “And the form it might take is, right now I feel nothing; I am totally numb emotionally. But I have a memory that there was once a sweetness of affection, a sweetness of trust… and I by faith believe it’s still down there because theologically, the Bible says it… I now, in this room while everybody is singing and I don’t have any feelings… I am saying to Him, please restore to me the joy of my salvation.”
That sentence coming out of our mouths with “raw faith that is still down there” is crucial, stressed Piper, author of many books, including the award-winning Spectacular Sins. “Because it’s rooted in satisfaction in God that temporarily is clouded over by whatever pain has brought this depression on.”
Piper cited Psalm 40: “I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”
The pastor said we don’t know for how long the psalmist was in the “pit,” but he prayed to come out of that state. The key to joy in worship for the hurting, Piper suggested, is found in 2 Corinthians 6:10: “Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”
HT: Christian Post via Zite