You have to do one thing to ensure a run-in with misery: exist. In a fallen world, it’s inevitable. And, for many, it’s unbearable.
Misery: a state of dissatisfaction, unfulfillment, and emptiness. It is the consequence of pursuing something other than the biblical Christ for salvation, satisfaction, and/or stability. Though it may deceitfully appear as happiness in the short-term, it eventually returns with a vengeance, and, in some cases, eternally. Often, the longer it delays its experiential effects, the worse it will be when its numbing smoke and mirrors are removed.
But much of misery begins and is compounded in the heart. It’s often a spiritual issue at its root. And certain lines of thinking can pour fuel on misery’s fire. Which means we ought to discern how it works.
Here are several ways to ensure your own spiritual misery:
- Meditate on how you have seemed to receive a “raw deal” when things are hard.
Struggle is inevitable. And we are sure to increase our misery when we allow ourselves to ponder how we have received less than what we suppose deserve, the short end of the stick, and been dealt a rotten hand. It’s impossible to be thankful or joyful in this mindset. But, through Christ, we can corral those out-of-control musings towards biblical thinking (2 Cor. 4:16-18, Col. 3:1-5).
- While thinking about your “raw deal,” seek the world’s solutions to soothe yourself.
Instead of bolting quickly into the welcoming and gracious throne room of God through Christ (Heb. 4:14-16), find those old faithful idols for some worldly treatment. Pay a visit to the comfy “Rejuvenation Spa of My Idolatrous Flesh” for an hour (or day or week) of self-pampering. And as you sow to the flesh (even things that might not necessarily be sin, Heb. 12:1-2), be sure that you will reap further disappointment, spiritual weakness, and, possibly, hell (Gal. 6:7-8).
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