Gathering Together

Tis the season…of Depression?



Job 19:23-24 ~ Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

Job was for certain a wise, wise man, but I doubt he had any concept of the impact his words would have on mankind. Through his suffering we find hope, though most of us will not suffer a loss to such great degree. Praise God’s Holy Name for it! But suffering of any degree can create a mindset of depression. I’m a very light hearted person. I tend not to take things too serious, sometimes not serious enough. And then other times, unbeknownst to most around me I border depression often. Were it not for God’s grace it would be more often than not. That’s why I stay grounded in His word! It is where hope and peace are found and on the worst of days the Word of God flows through my body like a river of life restoring me like water does parched ground. Dramatic words you say? They cannot even begin to describe what the Word of God accomplishes.

According to Forbs magazine in 2007 the United States tops the list of the most depressed people in the world with 9.6 percent suffering from some type of depression, and I’d venture a guess many are not going through the torment of Job. I don’t make light of depression. I know that there are those who suffer with various forms of depression that struggle internally day to day, and for those I offer a prayer of healing. But the Christmas season tends to bring on a woe is me attitude in many of us that is there because we feed it and starve faith. People will fist fight in a store over a large flat screen television as if it is the very thing between them and death and yet the very thing that is between them and the second death (Hell) is ignored. They’ll worry if their child has the latest trend but never consider if their child has Jesus.

In the worst of times Job knew that his Redeemer lives! Every struggle on earth will one day pass. The question is when it does where will you stand and who will stand beside you? Job’s friends stood beside him alright! They stood beside him and tormented him. But Jesus is the One who will stand beside you, encourage you and give you great hope. But you have to be in His Word. I’m tellin’ you the truth when I say that were it not for Him and His word, I’d be in heap of trouble.