Month: October 2019

Depression, a broken spirit and a greater knowledge of God

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Proverbs 18
14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?
15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Depression hits us all. We are sailing through life and waves get high or burdens gets heavy; we cannot see our way through nor can we continue to carry the weight. Solomon called this “a broken spirit.” When we are sick, we know we will get better and this realization sustains us. But when our spirit of determination is broken, when we cannot see past the problems at hand, our spirit is broken and we are depressed.

At these times of depression, the worst thing we can do is to sit in our depression and focus on the impossibilities of life; no, when our spirit is broken, we need more knowledge of God and an ear that seeks sustaining knowledge. Wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord, all go together. When Job was at the bottom, God came to him and revealed His power. Before Job was restored physically, the right knowledge of God restored his broken spirit.

Do we know that God is in control and sovereign over all things? Do we know that God is directing our lives to His eternal purposes for us? Can we focus our mind’s eye on that which is eternal when all we see is the present? Can God repair our broken spirit with a better understanding of Him?

Take some time thinking about these words from the hymn, Be Still My Soul:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

I have found that at the level of life everything might be a disaster, but at the level of my soul, I can be still.

There is documentary out called, “Sheep Among Wolves 2.” This film documents the rise of Christianity in Iran. I spent time with three Iranian refugees yesterday who told me that 40,000 Iranians have left Islam to follow Christ. It is against the law to leave Islam in Iran, so persecution is feared. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Iran who do not know from day to day if they will return home. They love the Lord Jesus and are following Him in a very difficult place.

Have a great day in the Lord,