As I observe people in psychiatric help locations or even in the supermarket, I see a lot of “hands that hang down”. It may be OK for the world to walk around with bodies screaming, “poor me!” but I don’t feel that it pleases the Lord. I also think that it feeds the misery. Now I don’t think that the Lord expects us to “just snap out of our misery” He knows that no chastening is pleasant: but keep your eye on the benifit it will produce. When we lose a special person, we do grieve: but not like the heathen for we have HOPE.
Look with me at Hebrews 12: 1
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Wherefore LIFT UP THE HANDS WHICH HANG DOWN AND THE FEEBLE KNEES;
And MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS FOR YOUR FEET, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled;
What do we expect to gain from droopy faces, shuffled feet, deep sighs, mumbled responses? Do we want to be let out of current responsibility, get others to do our part, cause God to owe us one? Seems the only reasonable result will be to say to the dominant “habit” part of our brain; “lets wallow see how miserable we are” You can’t tell your “habit” brain to fight back against life’s problems if your arms and legs “hang down”
I’ve read that 80% of speech is done with our body parts and not with our mouth. “See”, we say with our posture, ” I am a christian and what a miserable thing that is!”
The antidote? Look to the passage above and 1.remember the friends and family that are already with the Lord. Remember that their warfare is over and ours will be soon. Remember that being a fellow sufferer with the Lord is a great privilege. Imagine you’d been asked to carry his cross, would you have whined about how heavy it was and how it scraped your shoulders? Well, he does ask you to take up the cross daily but when you give this sacrifice, wash the face and put on clean clothes and don’t let everyone know how hard it is by work or by sagging body. If you suffer for righteousness sake, how happy is that? If you deserve chastening and get it then you are a legitimate child and not a bastard. Focus on SIN and not on comfort, affirmation, power, function etc. If there is no sin then how light our spirits should be for it is sin that weighs us down, not suffering. Either the sin that brought on the chastening or the sin of moaning and groaning about the cost of discipleship.
I wish us all erect backs, lifted feet, look others in the eye, put on clean clothes, smile,while we appreciate what we DO have, what we CAN do, and who IS in our lives.