Depression is a real and present danger, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are those who are shut in, others who have gotten sick and lost loved ones, some who have lost their jobs and businesses, so many changes that have brought an unusual amount of stress upon us all.
Recently, I have talked to several preachers that are battling depression. Elijah, the prophet, had a tremendous battle with depression that lasted many days (1 Kings 19). James reminds us that “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours” (James 5:17). Perhaps, we forget that we are all just human.
Are you feeling fatigued and overburdened? Everyone experiences sin, stress, grief, heartache, pain and misery. It can be overwhelming and seemingly impossible to overcome. There is often no relief and no escape.
Here is Jesus' invitation to you: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
You may say, “I’ll never amount to anything. Nothing is going well in my life. It is not ever going to get any better. So, why am I here?”
First, is it completely true what you are saying about yourself? Can you really say, “Never, nothing, ever”? Only, if you reject your Creator, Savior and Lord. Without Him you are nothing, you never will be anything and you will suffer for it in eternity. He has something better for you; an abundant and eternal life!
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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