THURSDAY, JANUARY 25
“perplexed, but not driven to despair;”
2 Corinthians 4:8 ESV
WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN: STAY HOPEFUL
“Perplexed but not driven to despair,” is a play on words in the Greek language and means literally, “at a loss, but never totally at a loss.” The Christian will face many unanswered questions and many perplexing circumstances. But while we acknowledge there are questions for which we have no immediate answers, we also stand assured that there is an answer, and that someday in eternity we will know what it is. Thus, we may be perplexed, but we do not despair as though there are no answers at all, as though there is no hope.
If you’ve ever heard Chonda Pierce’s redemptive brand of stand-up comedy, then you already know she’s a funny woman. But in what seems like the ultimate irony, Chonda spent months in emergency rooms before being diagnosed as clinically depressed. Chonda wrote, “My emotions were so numb, it was as if an Out of Order sign had been thumb-tacked across my heart… I know 132 shades of gray, but I also know that life doesn’t have to be gray forever. There was light at the end of my journey.”” (Laughing in the Dark: A Comedian’s Journey through Depression).
Despair or hopelessness can be a dark place. But God always has a light at the end of the tunnel. We may not know which way to turn, but we still have hope. Millions struggle with depression and if that’s you, you’re not alone. God’s path to healing always begins with our relationship with Him. However, God can use other Christians, His Word, professional counselors and medication to help us find the hope He has for us. Where do you turn when you feel perplexed? Has it turned into despair? Ask God if He wants you to seek additional help.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5