He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 1 Kings 19:10.
Depression convinced Elijah that nobody else on earth was as badly off as him. He felt “terminally unique”. We all go through it. Behind your neighbour’s smile or the nameplate on your boss’s door, there are struggles they can’t talk about.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We may have arrived on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” Paul wrote, “No test or temptation… is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; He’ll always be there to help you come through it.” (1 Corinthians 10: 12-13; The Message Version)
Before every crown, there’s a cross. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress in prison. Florence Nightingale, too ill to move from bed, reorganised the hospitals of England. Louis Pasteur, semi-paralysed by apoplexy, was tireless in his attack on disease. Francis Parkman couldn’t work for more than five minutes at a time. His eyesight was so bad that he could only scrawl gigantic words on a manuscript, yet he wrote twenty magnificent volumes of history.
You’re not unique! And you’re not alone!
Listen: “Nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable, or unthinkable — absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love. (Romans 8:38; The Message Version)
What more do you need?
*Culled from Bob Gass’s The Best of the Word For Today*
The message is really simple: Whatever you’re going through, you are not alone. God is with you. He loves you and He will give you the strength and grace to overcome, if you trust Him. And don’t permit depression to overcome your mind, the world is full of people with different kinds of troubles–you’re not alone in that too.
God bless our day and the rest of our week.