25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.
26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Do you find it interesting that Solomon combines anxiety and depression? There are times that depression afflicts everyone. We have categorized depression into different levels, nonetheless, whenever we find ourselves depressed there is some sort of anxiety in our lives. While I don’t want to overgeneralize this today, it is worth speaking to from this level of understanding.
Anxiety is a feeling caused by many negative influences. Anxiety tends to grow in size the more we focus on issues that have caused it. Most of the time, the things we are anxious about never happen even though we have dedicated a great deal of thought and attention to the “what if it did” aspect. Again, most of the time, the anxiety is caused by something someone else has done to us or has expected from us; so, anxiety is something on the outside that has worked its way in.
In Philippians 4 we are told to replace anxiety with prayer. Depression causing anxiety, if given to God in prayer and faith with thanksgiving, may never grow into full blown depression. I mentioned on Sunday the Scripture that tells us to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Psalm 27:14 tells us to wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will strengthen our hearts.
The walk of faith is a walk of varying difficulty for different people and at different times of life. Faith in God, His word, His promises, His love, His plan both for today and for eternity, is our silver bullet against depression. Surely the God who made us in His image and in His likeness knows how we work, how our minds work, and what we need to function in this life. Surely God has a plan for those who have been abused as well as those who have not. Surely God’s healing and loving hand can bring the peace of heart, mind and soul that each of us needs.
Again, this is a walk of faith, not of sight. Overcoming anxiety causing depression is more difficult for some than others, nonetheless, faith in all that God is, all that God has said, and all that God is yet to do, is indeed our answer to, our “good word that makes us glad.”
We should not be amazed when God shows up to meet with His people, and yet, week after week we find ourselves rejoicing with God’s church over all that He does for us. Sunday was a full day with the Lord’s Table and with testimonies from men who were arrested for sharing Christ in Brunei but whom God had released this last week. After service we had a “pot luck” and enjoyed the fellowship of the family as we gathered around an array of food and deserts. God is so good to us to let us enjoy His people who gather as His family in this life.
Please pray for a woman named Charro. She broke her arm in December and is has not yet healed. She and her husband have a young son who needs care and she is limited in her ability to care. This is a difficult thing for our sister who would greatly appreciate your prayers.
My parents are packing up on Monday to move to Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Join us in prayer for this transition of their lives. It is a big move as my sister will be taking over their care. My brother Bill has done a wonderful job providing care for these past ten months. We were so thankful for all that he continually did. Dad has come to a place where he needs more nursing care and he and mom were going to have to live in separate rooms. We have determined that my sister, Dawn, can provide them the care they need and keep them together. Pray that dad’s health will allow this.
Have a great day in the Lord,