Deeper Day 272: Indignation

Indignation: Anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

It seems the world is filled with indignation. But did you notice in the definition that it is based on the perception of unfair treatment? It doesn’t even have to be true, just perceived.

What I’ve noticed is that many of the media, celebrities and politicians love to stir up and profit from indignation. There’s a hazy illusion roaming across America that says all police are evil and nobody is responsible for their own actions, it says that women get to choose whether they call a baby in the womb a baby or disposable, it says that even though they tout “My body, my choice” it doesn’t pertain to not forcing the masses to wear a mask. It’s all a nasty illusion. All of this indignation is not stirred up from facts, but perception. It’s emotion based.

It almost feels like we’re in the movie “The Never Ending Story” and are navigating the swamp of sadness and keep feeling more heavy laden with each step. In that movie, they are warned that if they can’t hold onto hope then the swamp will swallow them up. As Atreyu and his horse Artex move through the swamp, suddenly Artex gets stuck in the swamp mud. As Atreyu pleads with him to remain hopeful and fight the sadness, the horse is unable to and his story ends there in the swamp.

As we navigate this highly unusual time in history, it feels as if it has become much harder to hold onto hope. In fact, it feels (to me) that the enemy has specifically targeted our hope in this moment. And why would he do that? Because ALL hope comes from God. It is evidence that He exists and that we will always have a future.

If you are not careful, the swamp of sadness will gobble you up. We need a sure footing now more than ever. We must know the Source of every good thing. Like the scripture says:

Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.  1 Chronicles 16:11-12

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

We must REMEMBER! Remember ALL the wonders He has done. Remember all the good He has done. Remember EVERY blessing in your life. REMEMBER!! Then praise Him. Thank Him with your whole heart. Sing to Him and thank Him.

Prayer Moment: God, help me navigate this time. Continually bring Your history of goodness to my mind. Help me to cling to Your truth. The truth. Teach me to walk in gratitude, not fear. Let my life be a solid beacon of hope to the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.