We can find ourselves start to sink into dark feelings of depression and despair when distressing life circumstances confront us. In the stresses we can forget the many ways that God has been with us and guided us. This condition could be named getting gospel amnesia.
Gospel amnesia is forgetting that God’s truth stands the test of time in all that we face. As we remember and think specifically about the sacrifice Jesus has done for us, we think about the cost of our redemption, and the willingness of God to pay the price for us our memories are jolted by His grace.
When we get our eyes on God and start to recount all the ways we have seen His grace and sovereignty in our lives, the more we move from an inward focus of despair to an outward view of His faithfulness in all difficult situations.
Asaph gives us an example: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord, (Psalm 77:11a). As Asaph remembered all the years of God’s longsuffering, patience, and provision for Israel, his heart and soul started to revive as he chose to trust God to be faithful in the future.
It is important to recall the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us, which brought about our salvation; so our hearts are jarred by the reminder of the cost of our redemption. We must remember the many times God has intervened for us. We must recall how much we have learned in the pain, so much so, that we ultimately count those negative experiences as joy. As we think this way we find comfort and draw closer to God, renewed in our hearts by His goodness.
In this process of remembering, we learn that God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, He comforts us so that we can be a comforter to others, (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). This knowledge can move us to extend God’s goodness to others through kind speech, tenderheartedness, forgiveness, and generosity.
As the precious gospel message comes into focus, our self-centeredness fades and Christ becomes magnified, bringing God’s character into the forefront of our minds. When our faith is redirected by the truth, we choose to dwell upon Christ instead of ourselves or our circumstances. When we abide in Him rather than make demands of Him and when we humbly accept His will for us even when He calls us to suffer, we find satisfaction for our souls.
Can you find satisfaction in Him and give Him glory no matter what trials you face?