We should remain a people overflowing with hope said Pastor Wanje (Romans 15:13). Our hope in God should anchor us in joy and peace in our lives. An outright myth! is that a joyful life does not have challenges and difficulties. The apostle Paul, who experienced challenges to no end, is the very person who commands us to rejoice in the Lord always (Philippians 4:4). Why would Paul tell us that?
The joyful life that God invites us to, and the rejoicing Paul commands us to, is based on beliefs and convictions that are not changed or determined by the happenings around us. How I wish everyone would understand this and especially the older teenagers and youth. A majority in this group seem to have not grasped this and consequently, are particularly susceptible to issues associated with mental health – a topic that will be brought to the fore this month as May is Mental Health Awareness Month. They lack the understanding and conviction that God is in control of all the details in their lives and that, in all things, He works for the good of those who love Him, and who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Such people live a ‘yo-yo life’ – their pleasure and happiness are hinged on the world; their temperaments are up and down. This vulnerable group, sadly, is prone to depression, being anxious, and can be suicidal. The devil has a field day with them at any opportunity, trying to convince them contrary to what God tells us. The reality is that this does not only happen to non-believers. Our hearts will be guarded by having a real personal relationship with God, and this is what gives us access to joy.
- If you have loved ones that fall into this vulnerable group, check on them, engage with them and pray for them. Mental health is invisible
- Desire to have the evidence of gladness and joy in your life – in your walk, talk, and behaviour. Pray Psalm 16:11
Father, I want to yield to the Holy Spirit so that I may be joyful. Help me. Amen