Saturday, July 17, 1999

Overcoming Depression

If you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. (Job 11:13-16)

I've had my share of pain and depression in my life, granted not to the extent of Job, but I certainly have had my faith put to the test. A few years back, when I had lost all desire to live, I clinged to these words, and prayed that God would restore me. It took much patience, but He began to resolve the issues that were weighing me down one by one.

I guess it took coming to that lowest point for me to fully see the power of God. I look back at those low points of my life, not with resentment or regret, but rather with a sense of awe of just how much God has delivered me from. I have no misconception that the rest of my life will be an easy road, but I take joy in knowing that I have the hand of God to guide me home.