January 19, 2019: A Great Preventative for Depression

 

Lamentations 3:19-26 (NIV)
19  I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
20  I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
21  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24  I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
25  The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
26  it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

 

All the warnings of God had gone unheeded, now the city was in ruins.  The temple was torn down, all the utensils used for worship had been carried away to Babylon, the only people left in the city were the poor and the blind and sick.

Jeremiah had spent a day or so walking around the ruins seeing the absolute destruction of the city where God had been worshipped for centuries.  It was now gone in a puff of smoke.  God had been true to his word.  He had stretched out his hands for centuries to a stubborn and disobedient people and now what God had warned had finally happened.

When you find yourself in the midst of darkness, and you find you cannot summon the strength to pray, what can you do?  The Scriptures paint the picture in dark grays and muted colors or gray.  In the midst of your colorless despair, follow Jeremiah’s example.

Remember what you know to be true about God.  God’s mercies never fail, they are new every morning.  Even in the midst of despair if you cry out to God, you will find him just as willing to forgive and restore you.  It is these times that we see God most glorious.

Cannot see your way through, find yourself without strength?  Your situation is not an obstacle to God.  Go ahead and remind yourself of what you know to be true about God.  He longs to bless you, forgive, and restore you.  You are not too far For God to rescue.  Go ahead, raise your hands to the heavens, call upon your great God, and see what he will do.

Raising my hands and my head to his throne

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