Talking Back to Yourself

Those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
         —Isaiah 40:31

When you’re in the dumps, it’s time to remember that God hasn’t abandoned you—so talk back to yourself.

In Psalm 42, the psalmist was feeling blue: “My tears have been my food day and night” (v. 3). Then he talked back to himself: “Why are you downcast . . . Why so disturbed? Put your hope in God” (v. 5).

Jeremiah was in despair: “I have forgotten what happiness is; . . . My endurance has perished; so has my hope” (Lam 3:17–18). Then he talked back to himself: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. . . . therefore I will hope in him” (vv. 21–24).

You have to let go of something
before you can grab hold of something else.

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