You’re the only one.
Look how happy those other people look—don’t you wish your life were that fun?
Here you are pursuing Christ and THIS is what happens to you?
Look at the world—there is so much going wrong, so much injustice and violence and sin.
In the midst of all this, your prayers and service aren’t making a difference or stopping the darkness from advancing.
It must be in vain.
Have you ever had a moment of weakness where one of these thoughts slipped into your mind, and you believed it for a second? A minute? A couple weeks? I have. I’ve recently found out that I’m not alone. There was a man by the name of Asaph. You might have heard of him. He wrote songs inspired by the Holy Spirit that you might have read in, say, the Bible. He was a worship leader before it was cool. So indie, right? And I bet he didn’t even wear skinny jeans (or skinny linen robes)!
In Psalm 73, he pours his heart out to the Lord and confesses what has been tearing him up inside:
Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart! But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant as I saw the prosperity of the wicked. (vs. 1-3)
Sadly, in this world, the wicked still win. If you keep up with what is happening in the world (and you should), it is easy to be depressed by it all…