For His anger endureth but a moment, in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5 (KJV).
Despair is a very terrible place to be in, an experience that captures and holds a person bound in a dark pit of hopelessness, depression, desperation, distress, weeping, mourning, lamenting unhappiness,
despondency and darkness.
Despair is a condition of the mind, emotions, and will that traps the soul from being out of touch with reality and life connecting the one who suffers to death and destruction. In fact, in the Bible verses that talk about despair, we see that it is associated with the night season, one of such verses is found in our Bible verse for today, “weeping may endure for the night.” Psalm 30:5(KJV). Again this is a terrible place to be in.
With that being said, the most crucial questions to ask at this point would be, why do people go through despair, and what is the solution or way out of this state of despair?
The sin factor from the fall can never be over-emphasized as the cause of all of man’s woes and miseries experienced in this life. Sin, therefore, is the root cause of the affliction of despair upon man.
Other secondary factors that are still under the rule of sin that may bring about despair would be the feeling of rejection, abandonment, death of a loved one, lack of confidence, fear of failure, or just being fearful, guilt, seeking acceptance and not finding it, pressure and stress of our daily life, unhealthy lifestyles, feeling unlovable and unloved by God and men, the general feeling that God is against us, etc.
To answer the next plausible question which is: Is there a way out of such a situation? Indeed the good news is that there is a way out of the deep pit of despair. So for anyone reading this blog at this point that is experiencing despair, here is some
encouragement coming your way—there is a way out of such a situation! If we take a closer look at our Bible verse again we will find the answer to our deliverance. This is “JOY. ”
Now when one hears the word joy they may think it sounds a bit commonplace, and they could be right, it is very common, but we may be surprised that it is not as common to everyone. However, the “JOY” we are talking about or referring to here is associated with a person. This is the person of JESUS CHRIST, He is the only true Joy and the only true Joy giver.
Our next question, would likely be: How can I get this Joy?
The answer to the question above is the simplest anyone can receive. Why you may ask. Because the answer is already made available for all of us. Jesus is the answer, we just have to accept Him. You see God our Heavenly Father has never abandoned or rejected us, neither is He angry with us, to prove this He has made His Son Jesus available to every one of us, and not only Jesus but also the Holy Spirit. When we accept Jesus we automatically receive the gift of His Spirit, also called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the channel through which the joy of the Lord is made manifest in our lives.
Joy is a person and this person is Jesus. When we receive Jesus His joy becomes our antidote for despair through the Holy Spirit.
Ebimobo W. Obasi.
PLEASE PRAY ALONG:
A Prayer of Thanks for God’s Joy!
FATHER GOD, thank You for being so quick to forgive my mistakes. You are always willing and ready to help me. You convict me of my brokenness and show me endless grace and mercy. Today, I want to be filled with the Joy that only you can give, I truly receive this, Joy Father. I thank you for it and I celebrate that I am becoming more and more like Your Son JESUS! In JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN!