“If my misery could be weighed and my troubles be put on scales, they would outweigh all the sands of the sea.” Job 6:2
The only One that I put my hope in is God. God is not a “what” – He is not the “Universe” or some mysterious “Higher Power” or “Force” as most people tend to label Him. People misjudge what they don’t understand, and as humans, we make so many bad decisions that send us spiraling down to the pit of despair that we don’t see the association between depression and disobedience.
What am I saying? Does disobedience cause depression? Is depression not a real mental illness? You cannot make a quick diagnosis and judge that depression is the result of one’s lack of faith in God. Just as no one has the right to judge someone else because they don’t know the whole story, we cannot assume that depression is the result of a set number of factors. However, decisions have consequences, and if traumatized individuals are predisposed to make poor decisions, then the consequences have the potential to destroy them from the inside out.
What I am saying is that God is the Source of Hope. He is the Eternal Living God who has given up his Son, Jesus, so that we may have eternal hope – something to look forward to – in this life and life after death. I too often contemplate the disparities of life. Why do some people suffer so much more than others? And here in America, I always question why some people are born into privileged, loving and healthy families while others grow up, never knowing a day of joy. They have absolutely no idea what it’s like to have a family that’s “got your back.” They may look like they’ve got everything going for them on the outside, but on the inside, they are truly alone.
When all you’ve ever known is pain, the pain doesn’t end after you become a Christian, but it does get better, and you can finally have the hope that there’s something more to look forward to after you pass away from this empty life. Instead of turning to drugs, alcohol, meaningless sex and dead-end relationships, you can turn to God, who loves you more than life itself. Pain becomes a process, rather than “the end,” of life. God gives you the strength to endure and to become a conqueror. He gives you a purpose to keep on keeping on, rather than giving up on life.
In the years that I’ve been a Christian, I have struggled so much with anger and depression. It wasn’t until I released my anger at God that I was able to receive the Word that would ultimately give me hope to keep on living. Even after I became a Christian, I always compared my life to other people’s lives, and living in obedience (to me) has become a lifelong process of working through my anger issues. I am still learning how to change my thinking in response to triggers, and that’s what recovery is all about. It’s changing the way you respond to triggers after you’ve learned the correct way to cope. It’s also surrounding yourself with the right people who will help you draw close to God, the Overseer and Anchor for our souls. Most importantly, being a Christian is about having an intimate relationship with God, because people will still fail you.
“So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Put your hope in God and in his unfailing love. Put your hope in the unseen, because that can never be taken away from you.
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