PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
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I’m reading through the book of Job and was reminded of: Job 42:2-3 (Job talks to God) “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely, I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
He has spent months in deep grief, physical suffering, emotional anguish, shattered dreams, loneliness, silence from God and only pain from his wife and friends. Talk about deep depression and feeling betrayed by God for living a godly life; welcome to Job’s world.
We don’t need to experience what Job went through to trigger depression or discouragement. We all wrestle with depression at one point or another. The onset can be caused by unresolved grief, loss, trauma, anger, helplessness, fear as well as medical problems.
While there are a number of things that can be done to recover such as seven plus hours of sleep, exercise, a healthy diet and so on, prayer, perspective and God’s word are very important. It can begin by reflecting on what God’s word says about your relationship with God and others and how you feel about yourself. Consider reflecting on the following verses; read them out loud each day and consider what they say: Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 16:1, 8 Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 18:28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 27:1, 7 The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?. . . Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Do you see yourself as God sees you? Reflecting on God’s word (truth) will open your eyes to the truth about who you are and who God is; the basis for changing the perception of who you are. God thinks very highly of you which is shown by his sacrifice on Calvary to pay for your sin. He is committed to working good in our lives, year after year. Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will swell in the house of the Lord forever.
It’s important to force your mind to look for the good in each day which are being ignored or covered over by negative thoughts. I’m not saying deny difficulties, they are real and must be dealt with properly. However, negative thinking can lead one into depression and or deepen one’s depression. 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. To be continued July 10
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