In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.
There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed. Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed
I am probably bummed just as often as I am anxious. In fact, my anxiety is regularly rooted in various “bummers.”
Forgetfulness is at the core of my disappointment. If I remembered that God’s supreme will is always at work, I would be far less disappointed when little issues arise. I am disappointed because I expect God to work on my terms. I forget that He is omniscient and omnipotent.
1. Isaiah 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
2. Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
I am sorry to tell you this, but God’s goal is not our earthly happiness. He is constantly working to sanctify his children. This means that situations on earth may lead to momentary disappointment. This world is imperfect, and we will experience sorrow.
3. Hebrews 4:14-15
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus Himself experienced the brokenness of earth when He became a man. He was rejected by his own family, and he was betrayed by those he loved. He sympathizes with our weakness and our discouragement.
4. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
But earthly sorrow is not the end of the story! Because Jesus conquered death, we have a hope of spending eternity with Him in heaven. When writing about heaven, Tolkien said, “Everything sad will become untrue.”
5. Psalm 30:5b
6. Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Although Paul is discussing his past successes in this passage, the same principle can be applied to feeling bummed. Forgetting the disappointment of the past, let’s press on toward heaven!
This list of verses would be lacking without several statements from Psalms. The psalmists often show their discouragement that is based on both external attacks and internal sin. They cry out to God, asking for Him to restore their happiness.
6. Psalm 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
8. Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
As we discussed last week, God cares for us. He cares about our anxieties, and He cares about our disappointment. He does not want us to stay bummed. He revives our spirits with His grace and mercy. He saves us from the burden of sin and offers us eternal life with Him.
9. Psalm 147:3
10. Psalm 42:11
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.