Apr 10, 2013
Friday afternoon I was in a funk. Feeling empty. Blah.
I wasn’t tempted by some obvious sin. I wasn’t struggling with worry, or nursing a grudge.
I was just feeling, well, nothing.
So What’s Going On?
The week before I had preached on how God gives us living hope (1Pet 1:3-5). And as I studied, it struck me that what gives our lives joy and meaning is the hope we have for the future.
That helped me understand why I was feeling blah.
Try this out. If you are in a funk, look inside your heart, and ask — are you seeing anything exciting in your future?
I’m pretty sure the answer will be No.
So — whenever we are in a funk, that’s why. It’s because we aren’t seeing anything exciting in the future.
But that wasn’t helping me break out of my funk. So I dug deeper, and asked – WHY am I not seeing anything exciting in my future?
Then I remembered from that sermon that God gives us hope — hope in the grace we will experience when Christ is revealed (1Pet 1:13).
In other words, at the end of history Jesus Christ will be revealed, and all who trust Him will receive grace — the grace of beholding Jesus Christ, worshiping Jesus Christ, knowing Jesus Christ forever.
So if that’s true, then why am I in a funk? Why am I not seeing anything exciting in my future?
It’s because I’m not doing what Peter calls me to do — I’m not setting my hope fully on the grace that will be mine when Christ is revealed (1 Pet 1:13).
Digging Even Deeper
But I still wasn’t breaking out of my funk. So I needed to dig even deeper.
So I asked — why am I not hoping in the grace of beholding Christ?
And then I saw it.
I was in a funk because I had set my hope on something besides the grace of beholding Christ.
In fact, there were three things I was hoping in besides Christ –
- having something happen that weekend,
- having a blog site publish one of my posts,
- I forget the other one.
And I was in a funk because each of them had disappointed me.
The Root Issue
That showed me the root issue: I was trusting those three things to satisfy me more than the grace of beholding Jesus Christ.
The problem was that earlier in the day my heart had shifted from hoping in Christ, to hoping in these other things. And when they failed to satisfy me, I was left in a funk.
Time To Fight
I could see it was time to fight.
So I grabbed my packet of verses, and started praying.
I turned to God just as I was. I confessed that I was in a funk and feeling blah because I had been trusting these three idols (Luke 18:13).
I asked Him to forgive me through Jesus, and He assured me of forgiveness (1John 1:9)
Then I asked for the work of the Spirit to help me stop trusting these other things, and start trusting Jesus once again (Mark 9:29; Luke 11:13).
I intentionally turned my heart from these other things, and turned my heart towards Jesus Christ, using God’s Word to help me see Him.
Praying Over God’s Word
I prayed over Rom 10:17 — thanking God that He would use His Word to strengthen my faith.
I prayed over Rom 8:32 — that God will surely give me Jesus Christ, and everything else I need.
I prayed over 1Pet 1:13 — and thought about what it would mean to see Jesus Christ face to face.
I prayed over Rev 21:1-3 — this helped me see even more clearly what it would mean to see Jesus.
It wasn’t all that dramatic. But God helped me taste a little of what it would mean to see Jesus Christ.
I saw, and felt, the wonder of Jesus Christ — His majesty, love, wisdom, justice, and mercy.
And this taste of His glory changed my heart.
I felt hope — living hope. I knew I had something exciting in my future — beholding Jesus Christ forever.
That hope, that joy in Christ, changed everything. I felt meaning and purpose. Energized and motivated.
The funk was gone.
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