Here is the devotional:
First, I am so proud of you. Often time’s depression leaves us isolated and ashamed with no drive to find help. Recognizing the fact that you are struggling is humbling I’m sure, but that’s the perfect position for God to work in your life. Did you know you’re not alone? People have been struggling with inward turmoil for centuries. Take a look at David! He was called a man after God’s own heart, but on many accounts we see him crying out to God,
“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.” Psalm 69:1-2
How could a man that was in a place of ministry and eventually governmental royalty become so down? Listen carefully; your position doesn’t control your perception. The battlefield of the mind can only be won with God, not things of this world that satisfy your flesh. Many of us hide our instability with a front that shows we have it all together, that is asking for self-destruction. God is not asking you to look great, but to be great inside and out. Our mental health is the foundation of our future. David called to the Lord without shame, begging God to save him from the deep waters.
Today, I challenge you to be honest about how you’re feeling with God. We know there is power in the tongue to speak life or death. Speak life over your deep waters of depression because God, your anchor, hears you. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, just hold on. “Not one person can say I have it all together while trusting God…for the foundation of our salvation is faith and trust in his sufficiency, not our own.”
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
Psalm 69:1-2 KJV
For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
Psalm 69:33 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
Man, how many times do we allow the world and it’s affairs to weigh us down?
How often do we allow the season we are in to get us in the dumps?
Losing a job and not being able to find one quickly can weigh you down fast with bills that still must be paid and food to be bought among other things.
Marital problems can really hit hard.
Sexual issues in the marriage bed can get you down.
The loss of a loved one…yeah…
Anxiety can get you down. Just walking into a store your anxiety can kick in so you stay home and then the loneliness sets in. You get depressed over not going out but at the same time you are scared to.
Then we tell the world that everything is ok with a fake smile knowing full well you are barely hanging on to your sanity.
Divorce, adultery, a friend’s suicide and the list is almost endless!!!
There are many things we bring into our lives to try to offset the depressed state such as another lover, alcohol, food, drugs, a new car, clothes, shoes, gallons of ice cream, etc.
But those things are only a brief hiatus from the depression. It comes back…not that it ever left in the first place.
We can not medicate depression with material things. It just doesn’t work.
The only thing that I have found that has brought a lasting reprieve from my depressed state is God. I’m not going to lie Angie is like second but God has a way of lifting me out my pit like no one else.
That’s because He’s God and he has been in the business forever. He knows exactly what I need to hear, see or feel to lift me up and at the right moment. Because, contrary to popular belief God is always on time.
God didn’t send Jesus to die on the cross for my sins just to see me mope around.
He doesn’t want that for you either.
You know what?
It’s ok to go to God and spill your guts to him. Let him know how you are feeling. Granted he already knows but he WANTS to hear it from you nonetheless. That’s a vital part of any relationship…communication.
God counts your tears so it’s ok to cry to him. Those tears will be wiped away.
Let him know you feel like you have fallen in quicksand and just can not seem to find a branch to grab onto to pull yourself out. He is our branch!
Let him know the water is past your neck and your tired of treading. He is our life preserver!
Let God be who he is and reach out to him. Don’t stay down!