<<mental diversion, avoidance>>
In the drudgery or hassles of life, when hurt or emotionally drained, we can either fall prey to self-pity or else visualize more pleasant circumstances, free of what currently restricts or holds us confined. Do I withdraw into isolation, indulge in wrong thoughts, words, actions, eating habits or other destructive vices when feeling down? Aimless shopping, drink, pornography, video games and being workaholics are some of the common means people use to try to find relief by disassociating from the unpleasant aspects of life. It is also a tendency of humanity to try to drown out the conviction of our conscience and the Holy Spirit through busyness.
Life must be faced – take steps to either change or accept it
Saviour and promised never to leave you, plus heaven will soon be your everlasting home (1 Sam 30:6; Jn 14:2; 2 Cor 10:5; 1 Tim 4:10; Heb 13:5). The Bible instructs us to guard our heart and by turning our attention to what is uplifting our whole outlook on life will change for the better (Prov 4:23, 23:7).
The best solution to "Why are you downcast, O my soul" is "Put your hope in God" (Ps 42:11). Let God change you by the way you think as you master your emotions in Jesus' name (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 12:9).