I am writing this on the morning of Tuesday, November 3rd. It’s Election Day. I have no clue which candidates will win and which will lose. I’ve purposely chosen to publish this brief devotional without any external data or bias.
Proverbs 28:26 is shocking
We know that the person we talk to the most and share our most intimate thoughts with is ourselves. Of course, this carries a danger; our feelings influence our thoughts. Our thoughts can be incorrect and our feelings lie to us. It’s shocking to read in Proverbs 28:26, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Well, I’ve been a fool on more than one occasion.
Being in a funk
Most of us have been in a funk before. When we’re grumpy for no reason, we’re snippy with our closest loved ones, and obtuse when our friends call, then we’re in a funk. Perhaps you use a different word, but the mood is the same. Our attitude is noxious to all who come in contact with us.
It’s going to be okay
When we discover our emotions are tumbling towards the abyss of pity, it’s time to sit ourselves down and have a serious talk. The psalmist said to himself,
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation (Psalms 42:5).”
If we are feeling out-of-sorts, then we need to lean into Jesus and worship our God. A great hymn to sing to ourselves is, “It is well with my soul (youtube).“
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul!”
It is well with my soul!
It is well, it is well with my soul!
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His Cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live;
If dark hours about me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
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