Is there an upside to being down? Can something positive be found even in that which is seemingly negative? Does good come, in any capacity, to that which is bad?
These were some of the thoughts that I had this morning. As I was considering the Bible and my present study emphasis, I could not help but think about the various people that were touched and influenced by Jesus. He was a vessel of love and hope to so many people. He showed compassion to all, not just to some. There was no person too low for Him to reach and teach. There is a lesson in that for us all.
As I continued to reflect on what I call the upside of being down, three words stayed with me — hope, deliverance, and promise.
Hope: To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.
Deliverance: Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” Deliverance in the Bible relates to the acts of God, whereby He rescues His people from peril.
Promise: In the Bible, the promise of God is the declaration or assurance which God has given in His Word of bestowing blessings on His people. Such assurance resting on the perfect justice, power, benevolence and immutable veracity of God, cannot fail of performance.
Encouragement for the Day: In any case, situation, or event, Jesus Christ is and will always be the upside for those who are down. He is the messenger of hope. We can trust Him to bring to pass that which is most beneficial for each one of us. He is the means of deliverance for all. He has the power to free us from any and every stronghold that binds us. He is the agent by which the promise has been fulfilled. Salvation comes through no one other than the Son of God. Remember these things when you are going through your next storm or challenging experience. The simple truth is that there is an upside to being down.
Psalm of Reflection: Psalm 121