After another frustrating day visiting the doctor, sometimes its hard to stay motivated. When I woke up this morning, I didn’t feel like reading the Bible or praying. Part of me thought, “what’s the point?” I’ve done everything I can think of and I’m still not cleared to return to work.
Perhaps, this same emotion is experienced by millions of individuals on a daily basis. Once you bust your butt and work hard without any tangible results, apathy and pessimism often set in. Thus, staying hopeful is a battle, especially when others around you seem to be better off than yourself. In these moments, faith must be more than a feeling or else you will collapse under a sea of disappointment.
Despite my initial inclination, I fought through these urges to give God my first fruits, the first hour of my day. Although I did not receive the outcome I wished for, there is still enough time in this day for my prayer to be answered. When desperation sets in, the Lord is the only firm foundation remaining, Psalm 28:1. Within my own uncertainty, I cling to the promise of Psalm 28:7, hoping to leap for joy instead of feeling depressed.
by Jay Mankus