Cure for the “I’m Just Gettin’ By” Blues

“The eyes of all look to You; and You give them their food in due

time. You Open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living

thing.” Psalm 145: 15-16.

Brother Gearl gave us the cure for the “I’m Just Gettin’ By” blues

Sunday in his message from Psalm 145. It is easy in these perilous

times to bemoan our financial and emotional circumstances. It is easy

to lose hope in our political leaders to resolve the spiraling

unemployment and national debt woes. It is easy to give in to status

quo living and sing the “I’m Just Gettin’ By” blues.

But Jesus never intended for us to live that way. “In the midst of our

difficulties, heartache and pain Jesus meets us at the point of our

need,” Brother Gearl said. “We don’t have to allow our hardships to

push us into a status quo lifestyle.” Isaiah 58:11 encourages us that,

“The Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in

scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like

a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not


“We all have scorched places,” Brother Gearl reminded us. “Our mindset

when we’re burned is, ‘I don’t want to go through this.’ ” But we

often fail to realize that those scorched places may be right where

God wants us so we can find amazement in His work in our lives. How

many times have we gone through a scorched place to look back and

marvel at the blessings God provided and the amazing things He did as

we were tiptoeing through those burning coals and ashes.

One of several cures for the I’m Just Gettin’ By blues Brother Gearl

taught us was to recognize His greatness. “As we encounter His

greatness we begin to experience His power,” he said. Think about

Ephesians 3:20: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly

beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works

within us” Or meditate on 1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear

has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who

live him.”

In the midst of your next trial stop. Think about those verses. Think

about all the great things He has done in your life. Think about His

greatness, surrender your trial to Him. Then wait to witness His power

at work in your life.

When we recognize His power Brother Gearl told us it becomes a way of

life. Think of all the times God has arrived in the midst of your

situation and given you wisdom or influenced circumstances or people

to bless you. He may not have extracted you from the pain or grief or

burning ashes, but He did make His presence known and provided you

with the means for getting you through the flames and into His


When we look back at those times we see clearly God’s greatness and

His wisdom to work all things for our good. That should always amaze

us. That’s why praising God in the midst of our difficulties and pain

is so important. If we can remember that God’s greatness is always at

work for our good, then we can praise Him in all circumstances, even

those that seem hopeless or painful. He will continually guide you, as

Isaiah says, and satisfy your desires in scorched places.

Learn to recognize God’s greatness in any and all circumstances and

God will transform your “I’m just gettin’ by” mindset into a lifestyle

of praise and gratitude that you’ll want to share with the world.