David had to do this on multiple occasions. In Psalm 131:2 we read, “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul…” In the New Testament, Apostle Paul tells the church in Colossae to let the “peace of God” rule in their hearts. Whether the crisis is completely out of our hands or some portion is marginally under our control, we need to remember that ultimately, we must trust God to show up.
The Holy Spirit is called, “The Comforter.” There is a real, supernatural ministry of encouragement that the third person of the Trinity gives to the New Testament believer that surpasses understanding. Some of the most intense affliction is when God permits a challenge into our lives and Satan uses that as an opportunity to bring discouragement and doubt.
We read in Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Our afflictions and crises sometimes take up more of our time and energy than they should. When we are hurting in one area of our life, I believe God wants us to enjoy the gifts in other parts of our life too.
Too many times we are so focused on the one challenging aspect of our life that we sadly miss the daily pleasures and blessings God wants us to enjoy! Learn to laugh! Even while you’re going through a hard time, look for ways to enjoy the gifts of God that are clearly given for our pleasure. Those are gifts from God’s good hand (James 1:17) and He wants us to enjoy them!