Sunday, August 18, 2019


About Me

Minimize
The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

Devotions and more

Minimize
 
 
 
 
 
It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

Search

Minimize

Latest Entries

Minimize
Jul 26

Written by: Andries
Thursday, July 25, 2019 11:12:51 PM  RssIcon

We read in Psalms 73: 26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
 
My flesh and my heart may fail" defines despondency, meaning misery, unhappiness, sadness and hopelessness. There are three important parts to this little phrase.
 
"My flesh" – there is a physical component to despondency. The body weakens, there are aches, pains, fatigue and eventually the risk of serious illness as a result of constant misery – ulcers, strokes, heart decease – and there always is exhaustion.
 
Secondly, "and my heart" - there is an emotional-spiritual dimension to despondency. We feel discouraged, depressed, gloomy, doubtful and burned out.
 
Thirdly, there is this word, "fail." It means to come to your wits end and be depleted of all physical, emotional and spiritual resources.
 
Is it a sin to feel miserable and despondent?
Under sad and hopeless circumstances it is no sin to feel despondent. Many of the exemplary believers in the Scriptures experienced deep and dark sadness and even hopelessness. Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow in Gethsemane.
But, what is a sin is to yield to despondency. To make it your partner for life, to refuse to fight it and to think that God cannot reach you in that dark space – or to believe that God cannot change your broken heart into a source of gladness and joy!
 
The most important 2 words in this verse are: "But God..."  Psalm 73:26 contains this truth: "My flesh and my heart may fail": And then it speaks about the believers counter attack: “but God.”
 
So here we are. Often feeling that the plug is pulled out at the bottom of our lives and we are left empty and without plan or joy.
“But God”. God is the strength of my life.
And God is my portion forever!
 
Despondency comes from many places.
But faith comes from one place only. It comes from faith’s willingness to say: “but God.” But God can fill me with gladness again.
 
In Gethsemane Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow.
But he found peace in the wisdom and love of God’s sovereign will.
He was at ease to surrender to God: “Father, your will be done” he prayed.
Thus our Saviour found peace – even inner tranquility, because he yielded to his Father’s will and purpose for his life!
He still went to the cross - and there he committed his spirit into his Father’s hands, fulfilled and completed his purpose and went to Paradise. 

Tags:
Categories:

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Title:
Comment:
Security Code
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

List of more recent Posts

Minimize
A Prayer for Women’s Day.
Old and New Testament commandments: to LOVE!
Is it a sin to feel miserable and despondent?
Your comfort is: “Here is your God!”
In awe of the Holy Trinity.
Pentecost: All filled and everyone called.
All Hail ascended King!
Message of Ascension Day
God’s presence authenticates our worship.
The Living Stone, the Source of life - for us.
“We had hoped” – before and after Easter.
New life through the living Word of God.
Evangelising, a critical component of God's mission.
The Bible commands celebratory Praise and Worship.
“God willing” – part 2
Let us behave decently as in the daytime.
Can Christmas make an eternal difference to your life?
Pastoral Copyright 2010 - Hosted and Created by DWS