Wednesday April 1st, 2020
2 Corinthians 4:17
In the midst of this challenging season, I want to encourage us to set our mind on the things above. (Col 3:2). Focus on His character, His promises, and His word, for He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Ps. 46:1). When our thoughts are redirected toward Him and His ways, we will be able to walk through this COVID-19 valley with renewed strength! (Isa. 40:31).
On Monday, we discussed the trap of negative thinking, and the importance of redirecting our thoughts towards the Lord. Today I want to talk about another deceitful mental stronghold: Wishful Thinking. It’s extremely easy to think about our current season and wish it was different. Wishful thinkers sometimes believe they are the opposite of negative thinkers, but they are not. In times of difficulty, we often find comfort in wishing away our situation, and fantasizing about upcoming days where things will be happy and normal once again. While this can give us some comfort at first, in the long run it may not be a wise or productive way to manage problems or reduce anxiety. In fact, it may actually prevents us from being used of God for His purposes and halts the growth He wants to bring about in our lives.
We need to be careful and make wise use of the time we have been afforded in this season. You might be finding that you have more time to daydream or are already planning what you’ll be doing once this season ends. It’s important that we do not spend this time idolizing future seasons of happiness. Instead, we need to seek God and ask Him how He wants to use us right now! Seasons of widespread uncertainty are opportunities for us as Christians to show others the amazing love of Christ!
Things do not change by thinking wishfully. We see change in our lives through prayer and by being in the will of God! Surrender this season to the Lord and focus on the promises found in His word. Ask Him to reveal to you His heart for this season, and be willing to follow where He leads.
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever” (2 Cor. 4:17).