No place to run, no place to hide? No matter how positive you try to be, there are times that we all tend to get down in our spirit, that is a nicer way of saying depressed! There are commercials for medicine designed for the “disease” of depression. I don’t know about the “disease” part medically, but it is a dis-ease to feel that way. Satan goes about as a roaring Lion, seeking those of us that are too depressed to fight back, and then it is hard to come up from that dark place. From reading the book of Job, I know that he, for a while, was very depressed thinking that God had turned His great back on him. He even had “wonderful” friends to judge him as being unrighteous, and they were willing to tell him just that!
There is a wonderful scripture to read if you are feeling less than stellar today, it is: Lamentations 3:19-27 I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. Sometimes you just feel like running away from all your problems and cares, but reading a scripture like this one raises my spirits like a flag run up a flagpole!
In Luke 15 Jesus talks about a young man that thinks that getting his inheritance early and making a run for it will be the best thing to beat the boredom of his present life on the farm! His fun dwindled with his funds and he came back home and was greeted heartily by his father, who immediately ordered the grain fed heifer to be roasted and a feast served! Clean clothes were brought to him and the family signet ring was placed back on his hand! So no matter what we do, how far away we wander, Jesus is showing us that God is always waiting for us with open arms. When you feel like you just can’t handle your problems by yourself any longer remember, 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care on Him because He cares for you. Instead of running away, run into the safety of His arms,