The past few weeks, especially the last one, a cloud of depression seemed to be hovering over me. It was mostly brought about by discontent and restlessness in my career, marriage and finances, partly because I was looking sideways again and allowing others’ words to plunge me into self pity. But NEVERTHELESS, I hung on to the Lord and He lifted me out of the pits of despair. The verses I read this morning were just so in point:
Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind. I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God , That I may declare all Your works.
– Psalms 73:21-28 (NKJV)
In another version:
While I usually just prayed by myself, this time around, I sought prayers from friends and a spiritual mentor. Praise God for the wisdom, strength and joy that He has imparted through them.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:12-13 NKJV