Learned Helplessness and the American Christian
Learned helplessness is where, because of a traumatic event or constant failure, a person no longer believes that they can do anything to get out of the situation, for it to change, or to be helped. The person has been conditioned to believe that the situation is unchangeable.
When the enemy comes after us hard, it can sometimes feel like nothing we do is going to break it. We slowly begin to believe the lie that no matter how many times we hit our knees, God won't hear us. We begin to accept the idea that no matter how hard we work or how much we struggle, we will forever be destitute. We are stolen from, broken, helpless.
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore." (Isaiah 42:22 KJV)
We see this shown in the verse above. People who are just "prey," and no one says "restore." Our culture, society, and the devil himself continue to press and push lies that we are simply broken, we are too far gone, what we once had is gone, and we'll never get any better. Our country is headed toward ruin, our family is in disrepair, and our very being is broken in pieces.
It becomes difficult to pray, difficult to read the Word, difficult to gather together and encourage one another. Like a revolving door, people come and go, we try and fail. We become conditioned to believe that this is forever.
What we don't understand is that sometimes we have to walk through things to get to the other side. Sometimes, we're walking through to get wisdom or to get to a place where we cry from the depths of our beings for God's help.
But we've been conditioned to believe that crying out will be futile. So we stay silent, not knowing that all we have to do is lift our hands and cry, "restore."
I encourage you today to remember that God is a restorer, a Master rebuilder. He will never leave you nor forsake you, no matter what it looks like and no matter how much you've learned to become helpless. You have a great and mighty helper.
Today, lift your hands, and cry out to the one and only True God: "Restore!"