Attitude & Emotions

This morning I have thought a lot about attitude.  What is our attitude toward life?  Isn’t it true that our attitude largely shapes our emotional state?  For us, who believe in God and our Lord Jesus, the future is awesome and bright.  While others face the ups and downs of life, we face the up and ups of life.  It is all dependent on our perspective, our emotional response to what happens in our life.  The bible supports the fact that those who serve the living God face the up and ups of life.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

When we believe this, then we know and are assured that God has either brought the situation into our life, or allowed the situation.  Consider the greatness of God and all that He has accomplished over time and eternity.  We need only consider the exodus out of Egypt of the Jewish people when they were at the Red Sea.  It looked like it was their end.  Many of them lost hope, but not Moses.

Exodus 14:10-18

New King James Version (NKJV)

10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”  13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”  15 And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Moses remained in faith; he didn’t fall apart and think that it was over.  He was strengthened in the Lord.  The Lord even reassured him and told him to go forward.

Let’s look at the example of David.  Consider the time when Ziklag attacked.  This is in 1 Samuel 30.  David and his men were away fighting.  While they were gone, their city was attacked and burnt.  Their wives, sons, and daughters were taken captive (1 Samuel  30:3).  It says that David and the people wept, until they had no more power to weep (1 Samuel  30:4). David’s wives were also taken.  It says in the 6th verse that David was greatly distressed because the people wanted to stone him.  What would we do in this situation?  We come home from work and find our house burned to the ground with all our possessions gone.  We find that our wife and children have been kidnapped!  We would weep and be sad just like David.  But David did not stay down.  He turned to God and remained in faith.  He sought the strength of the Lord.  He asked the Lord what should I do?

1 Samuel 30:8

So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”  And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

David found his strength in the Lord.  The Lord told him that it was going to be all right.

We will have difficult moments in life.  God looks beyond the moment into our eternity, an eternity that He wants us to share with Him.  Our future is bright and secure with the Lord.  In the end every tear will be wiped away (Revelation 7:17, Revelation 21:4).  We will have moments when life becomes difficult, when we may feel like giving up.  At times like these, let’s follow the example of Moses and David.  Let’s get our strength from the Lord, let’s turn to Him, because He is with us and understands us.  He will strengthen, lead, and guide us.  The problem or difficulty that we see as great is no problem for Him.  Remember He created all things.  Let’s turn to Him and stay in faith with a positive attitude.  Do not let negativity or bitterness rule emotions.  Let’s remain in hope, joy, and peace.  Let’s declare the promises of God.  Let’s remember that we have the favor of God.  God will supply all and give us a beautiful future to be with Him.

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