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DEPRESSION

Job 3:11 “‘Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?’”

 NO HOPE

 Have you ever been really depressed? I mean, really depressed.  Job is definitely depressed.  He had just lost all his children and all his wealth.  His wife had told him to curse God and die. He seemingly had no hope.

But in all of this, God still maintained Job’s righteousness.  Job didn’t lose his faith just because he was depressed.  So many today will judge others who suffer with depression by telling them they just need more faith.  You cannot speak for those people.  You do not know what is going on in their minds and in their relationship with the Lord.

TEACHING MOMENT

This is a strange topic to teach our kids about, but it is one they need to know.  Probably, at some point in their lives, little Gertrude or little Elrod are going to have depression.  They may get very sullen about a lost friend or a pet that died.  Depression is not sin.  Hear me clearly.  Depression IS NOT sin.

What we teach our children, though, is that God has a plan that is much bigger than their depression.  I love the saying “Everything over our heads is under His feet.”  He can handle it.  So, we teach our children to pray and give it all to Jesus.

What are you struggling with today? Are you depressed?  Are you in a pit?  Look up!  Don’t look inward.  Look up to the God who created you.  He knows you are hurting. He feels your pain.  He has the answer.  Give it to Him.

Lord, You are the Master of my soul.  You are my true soulmate.  You know my innermost thoughts.  Lead me to Your still waters.

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