No one is immune, we all have "those days." You know... the sort of day where you're told that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed 'cause you may or may not have punched Cap'n Crunch in the face just because his box had only half of a bowl of cereal left in it. "Those days" can seem like everyone and everything in life is out to get you.
Sometimes there's stress in life causing our emotions to get a little overworked and overwhelmed and sometimes we have no idea why we're having a rough day. It's just rough. And so we fight. We fight with our emotions. We fight our family members and/or friends. We fight cartoon characters on cereal boxes. We can even end up fighting God. Make no mistake about it, we fight because there is a legitimate battle going on. But we place our focus and attention on all the wrong things.
If you’ve grown up in the church you may have heard a sermon or two on how the musicians lead the Israelite army into battle. There are probably a few different reasons for it. Maybe it was a strategic decision to get rid of annoying cymbal players and off-pitch singers. (Ha. J/K) More likely, it was the power of worship and what it does to defeat the enemy that brought the musicians to the frontline.
The truth is, when I worship God, my focus and attention are on Him. The Almighty. The Creator of the universe. The Alpha and Omega. He is Holy, without fault. He is faithful. He is love. He is our provider. He is our healer. He is the lifter of our heads. He goes before us. He goes behind us. He prepares the way for us. A way that is good and for our benefit. He is and does all of these things and I haven’t even scratched the surface of His greatness. When I am focused on Him and all of these things, how in the world can I feel defeated, depressed, neglected or angry? My bad day or stressful circumstances aren't even on the radar when my thoughts are consumed with God Almighty. Worry and stress fade away as I am reminded of the goodness of the Lord.
Worry and stress are such big tools of the enemy. Improper perspective on who we are or our life’s situations seem to perpetuate them both. However, when we are focused on the Lord, He is able to renew us from the inside out creating proper perspective, allowing us to see ourselves and our circumstances through the light and truth of His Word.
I don’t know if you are finding yourself in the middle of “one of those days” or maybe you just need to take a step back from trying to figure everything out and let the God of peace realign your thoughts and change your perspective to view things as He sees them. But I encourage you to take an offensive approach to your internal battle and worship the God Almighty. Even now if you are able, take a moment to focus on Him and worship the Great I Am. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5CWGi82N7k
Romans 15:13 (NLT)
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."