Navigating the Ups and Downs in Life

The psalmist, David had a lot of high highs and low lows in his life. You can’t avoid the dips in life; it’s better just to expect them. You can’t go around them; you can’t go over them—you’re going to go through them.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
─ Psalm 27:1 NKJV

Some people face dips and get stuck, while others overcome and press forward to success by allowing God to use those dips in their lives for His good. It seems like some people are wired to fall into dips more easily, while others, by disposition or personality, seem to ride right through them.

It’s vital to know you can successfully navigate the emotional ups and down we all face. David says three significant things in the verse above: God is my light, my salvation and my strength.

Navigate the dips in life by sticking to the truth, knowing Scripture, pursuing God’s Word and understanding what it says to you.

When you think of salvation, think of our Savior and eternal life. You can find a sense of security in our salvation to know that every day, no matter what dip you’re in, you have assurance in Him. Moving out of the dip requires sticking to the truth, which is making sure your head is clearly aligned in the truth and knowing Scripture – getting into God’s Word and understanding what it says to us.

As Christians, prayer is vital. It is your lifeline in the midst of a dip. You must be proactive in your prayer life and in your behavior. Your relationship with Christ is your strength. Your strength for life—as David writes—comes from knowing Christ.

Today’s One Thing

  • Look at today’s verse again.
  • Think about the different ways the Lord has been your light and salvation.
  • Write down three ways you draw strength from that.
  • Take time to thank Him for helping you navigate the ups and downs in your life.

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