Monday, April 6, 2015

Psalms 43:5 -- On Emotional Health

"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."
Psalms 43:5

Sometimes we feel down or disquieted.  And although of course repenting as needed usually helps, we can also feel bad even when we are doing everything right without knowing or understanding what triggered the feeling.  And that's when we have to give ourselves lectures like this one in Psalms, and work on changing how we are thinking and feeling, with God's help.  God is always there, and hope is always within reach, but sometimes we can't make it there emotionally.  God cares about our social, mental, and emotional health just as much as he cares about our physical health, and he can heal us and help us in all of these ways.  It's unlikely to be immediate, mostly because we need to learn how to do this for ourselves, and pull ourselves out of emotionally bad spaces, overcome our irritability when talking to others, change our self-defeating thoughts, or whatever it is.. but he will make it easier, and make it possible for us to learn.
Let's turn to God.  He offers health... he *is* our health, as we turn to him and get his help in this as in all things.  Let's open up to him and allow him to help us learn and change, and be able to manage our emotional lives just as he helps us with learning to be spiritual.  We can be so much more, in so many ways, as we let go of our old selves and embrace the changes that God offers.

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