Focus: Finding the help you need
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV) And the Lord, He it is that goes before you; He will be with you, He will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.
In depression, some things seem to go hand in hand: feeling lost and alone; feeling misunderstood and rejected; feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, to name a few. When you are in an especially challenging time, you may be experiencing all of the above.
God is able to give you favor when your burdens are piling up. He can add more strength to your life when you have to work harder than usual and are feeling unequal to the tasks you are facing. When you are struggling with an overload of pain and suffering or sorrow, He will give you an extra measure of mercy. When you are buried under multiplied trials, He is able to pour out multiplied peace.
The love God has for you is unlimited. There would be no way to measure the amount of favor He wants to show you. There are no places His almighty power can’t reach. Because of the victory Jesus Christ bought when He triumphed over death and the grave—the help God has available for you, is without end.
You never need to wonder if you are asking too much of God. He knows better than anyone what you are feeling and the extent of your despair. He understands every cry of your heart.
Come to Him as a little child. Pour out your troubles on Him. His resources are deeper than the oceans and higher than the mountains. All you lack, He can supply. If you are lonely—He is the Friend who is closer than a brother. If you have been rejected—He has chosen you. If you are discouraged—He can bring you hope and encouragement.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, Call me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you can’t even imagine.
When you are being bombarded by depression, call on the Lord. Ask Him to be your Friend. Thank Him for choosing you. Tell Him you need hope and encouragement. He is there to help you…you only have to ask, to receive.
When you feel overwhelmed by tasks you have to complete that are too big—ask the Lord to send help. He will. He will either strengthen you to do more than you thought you could—or He will send someone to give you assistance.
God’s ways are unconventional. He doesn’t do things the way we do. He is highly creative and able to give you unusual aid in your time of need.
I remember a particular time when our girls were very young and we were going somewhere. All at once, our car broke down on a busy road. It just stopped running without warning. It was a hot day in Florida. Thankfully, we were at a spot where we could pull off on the shoulder. A stopped car heats up instantly in the summer, so as we coasted to a stop, my thoughts were racing as to what we should do. It was in the days before cell phones, so we were stranded.
We had only been stopped for a few seconds, when a large, white, older Cadillac pulled up next to us. An elderly couple was seated in the front seat. We rolled down our car window and the gentleman behind the wheel asked if we could use a lift. Normally, I wouldn’t get into a car with total strangers, but they were smiling and seemed very trustworthy—so we accepted their offer. The Cadillac pulled over in front of us and we climbed in to join them. Their car was plenty big enough for all four of us to fit into the back seat.
As they drove us to a public place where we could call for help and wait in comfort, I asked where they were from. After a short hesitation, the man and woman smiled at each other and the man said, ‘Clearwater.’ I asked what brought them to Bradenton and the woman said, ‘Oh, we were just out joy riding.’
As I looked around the interior of the car, there was something different about it. I can’t really put it into words, but I had the unusual feeling that these people were ‘angels’ and that they had been ‘sent’ to rescue us. We hadn’t been stopped long enough to even get out of the car to look under the hood. How could they have even known we were in trouble and hadn’t just pulled over to look at a map or something?
There have been numerous other times in my life when I had no strength or motivation to begin a large project I needed to do, but by relying on God, I was given uncommon energy that enabled me to press through.
Declaration: I will find new strength by calling out to God for help and encouragement. He will always give me—or send me—the help I need.
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