Word of God says, “According as his [God’s] divine power hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of
him [Jesus Christ] that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Peter 1:3. Life
can be hard. However, it is not always that way. There are those who fall in
love, have children, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and doing things
together as a family. However, eventually,
troubles come. Remember Job! “I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither
was I quiet; yet trouble came.” Job 3:26.
Family problems arise. Our children rebel against the very principles we have
taught them from God’s Word. We lose our job. Money gets tight. The end results
of these things even though we are among
our friends and family, loneliness can seem like all there is.
the drama of life becomes like this, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Everything
one has worked to sustain them, their
relationships, self-confidence, their work and even material possessions are
powerless. Even the resources above may be the problem making it harder, not
easier to find a way out. We are longing for an instant fix, something that
will take our problems away. However, we have learned there is no easy
fix. What we need are solutions.
must make ourselves a part of the solution. It is time for each to decide to
confront their problems in life. We
understand that we are “flesh” and “spirit.” Paul wrote, “For I delight in the
law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring
against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin
which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:22-24. This is our struggle!
is it that we become depressed? Is it because of the things that are happening
around us with our relationships, our children, our jobs and our health? Is it
because we cannot get those things out of our minds (our thoughts)? Solomon
said, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: eat and drink, said he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.”
Proverbs 23:7. Solomon will go on to say in the book of Ecclesiastes, “Let us
hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man.” 12:13. Paul
faced many things in his life and while in a jail cell he said, “Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.” Yes, we are what we think! Change the way of our thinking changes our life!
need to remember even when we feel most alone that God is with us! “The LORD is
nigh unto them that are of a broken heart [brokenhearted];
And saveth such as be of a
contrite [the crushed in] spirit.” Psalm 34:18. We sing the song “Count Your
Many Blessings.” Try this! Write down all your blessings in your life. For example life itself, memories that make us
happy, books we love to read, pets, friends, and family. When we look at each
of these, there is a measure of good. One
of the most important things that we can do while depressed is to train
ourselves to find the good in each day we live.
we are lonely, we are not alone! All throughout our world people are wrestling
with some of the same feelings and emotions that we are. How do they cope? Can
you make a “throw blanket” for someone? I have one that someone sent to me when
they heard that I had cancer. Can you “draw” a picture to share with others?
Can you “write” about the good times in
your life? Can you watch a movie – not a sad one – but one that will make you
laugh – belly laugh? Can you “visit” those who are sick, in a nursing home
and just someone you think needs a visit? God has always been concern about man being alone. Genesis 2:18.