” Never give in, never give in, never, never, never,
never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–
never give in except to convictions of honor and
good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the
apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
You know, I have felt pretty bad. Depressed is the word I used. Sometimes all the bad things in life just come crashing down. And it feels like everything’s out of control. That nobody cares. People I know die, and some people just curse their name. Parents act stupid and don’t pay attention to what’s really going on. The list goes on and on.
You Feel All Alone. . .
Depression is a large problem. There are Millions of people to who get thoughts of suicide. It seems like a way out of their problem. The many hundred other ways are Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking, Eating, etc. Some call the problem Anxiety, others call it a ‘Mental Disorder’.
What’s the Cure for this Problem? How do you stop the destruction it is causing in our lives? In mine, and all the others?
Psychologists don’t help. Besides the fact that the Medical industry is corrupt as anything else. Their problem is that they basically believe that we’re a bunch of automatons programmed by our genes and environment. They prescribe the falsely called “anti-depressants.” Which actually make you not care about anything, or anyone. And if you Stop taking it, Everything gets Multiplied! (You’ll go through the worst depression you ever had, as part of the withdrawal symptoms.)
What we feel and think is not a really a medical problem. Although you can eat things that help, take things that seem to. The problem is more spiritual.
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
God does things with a Purpose in mind. sometimes Good people suffer for reasons we can’t see. (Just check out Job in the Bible.) Other times we go through things because of our sins. We should always be humble before God. He does allow us to ask Him questions (to question God.) But we should realize that we are sinners, and we do need to repent when we sin.
Sometimes depression comes out of our sin. In those cases We Need To Repent. Sometimes it comes out of our situations, Lean On God! Cast Your Cares On Him!
My pastor once lived through a very traumatic time. His Daughter had just died, and His wife was on her deathbed. He was angry at God for letting this happen. God wanted him to go be a missionary to West Pakistan, my pastor didn’t want to. When he came home, he threw his Bible across the room. He yelled and Cursed God. And in the end he lay down in his bed crying. A Bible verse his Grandmother in Christ had told him over & over again came to mind. “if you repent, He is faithful & just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”
Again and again he heard it, Finally he got on his knees. He asked for God’s forgiveness, crying the whole time, and he noticed the time. He went back to the hospital, and then saw the doctor running towards him. Bracing himself for the news my pastor wasn’t expecting what came next. The Doctor said that at a certain time my pastor’s wife had miraculously gotten a whole lot better And was going to live! (It was the same time my Pastor repented)
He now uses this experience as an example of how things can go when you disobey God.
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
The Devil, our enemy, Likes to use our situations to tear us down. He brings up our sins, The problems around us, Anything he can use to take us down so we can’t defeat him. And if he can take us out of our right mind, He wins.
So Job was a righteous man, He feared God and eschewed (avoided) evil. One day Satan came to a meeting of angels with God. “And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Job 1:7
Then God asked Satan if he had checked out Job, “… that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” Job 1:8
“Then Satan answered the Lord and said, doth Job fear God for nought?” Job 1:9 and started to say how God is protecting Job, and blessing his every work. (A spiritual Hedge or Wall protected him and everything he had, the reward of Job’s obedience to God)
“… but put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Job 1:11
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:12
And Satan took everything Job had away in One Day; his 7,000 Sheep, his 3,000 Camels, his 5,000 Yoke of Oxen (A yoke is Two Oxen), 500 female Donkeys, and even worse, his Sons and Daughters were killed when the house they were in collapsed.
“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshiped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
In all this Job sinneth not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:20-22
Round One: Satan 0, God & Job 1. Satan had thought he could get Job to sin. God’s test for Job and his challange to Satan worked, like God knew it would. Next time the angels came to present themselves to God, Satan was back. After God asked where Satan had come from, He asked again if Satan had considered Job. “…and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movest me against him, to destroy him without cause.” Job 2:3
Satan replied, “… Skin for skin, yes, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth tine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Job 2:4-5
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.” Job 2:6
“So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” Job 2:7
And Job, covered in painful seeping sores from head to toe, took a shard of a pot and used it to scrape himself as a way to find relief while he sat in ashes.
“Then his wife said unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die.” Job 2:9
“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:10
Three of Job’s friends came; Eliphaz, Bildad, & Zophar. They had come together to comfort him.
Round Two: Satan 0, God & Job 2.
So, seven days later, Job started to cry out about his problems. Basically complaining, and often asking God questions. He was very depressed.
His friends ruin their own plan to comfort him, and instead make things worse. Saying that Bad guys always get punished and Good guys always get rewards. So it was probebly some hidden sin in Job’s life. (as well his Children) And Job would continue his complaint, as well as his defense.
Then in Chapter 38, God joins the conversation. He doesn’t answer Job’s questions, instead He asks a lot of rhetorical questions like ‘Where were you when I created everything?” or “Can you control everything animals do, or the Mighty beasts like the Behemoth and Leviathan?” All these questions show that there really is nobody like God, who controls and upholds everything.
“Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. . . Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1,6
Then God told Job’s friends that they had displeased God. And they should take 7 bullocks and 7 rams, and go to Job and offer a Burned sacrifice to God (with Job’s help), and that Job shall pray for them “… lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.” Job 42:8
“… the Lord also accepted Job. And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
So in the End, Job got twice as much as he had before. And he had more sons and daughters.
Final Results: Satan 0, God & Job 3.
Two stories, Two Perspectives.
In One, the depression is caused by disobedience to God. And is fixed by repentence (Confessing the Sin, Asking for Forgiveness, and Turning around and Obeying God.)
In the Second, the depression is caused by things out of control. What isn’t our fault at all, It may even be Because We Did The Right Thing! Here you need to endure to the End. God’s allowing you to go through Hardship as a test. Many real people in the Bible have suffered with the result of glorifying God.
The Apostle Paul (a human being like you and me) once wrote
“Who shall seperate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Romans 8:35-36
And now my favorite part.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
Links to more resources:
More on Job, The goodguy who suffers greatly.
“Our Advocate In Heaven” saturday july 23 2016
“Demonic Discouragement” sunday June 12, 2016
“How Can a Man Be Just Before God?” wednesday Novemeber 9, 2016
“Our Umpire in Heaven” wednesday november 16, 2016
(The “Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis” book by Henry M. Morris III talks about The Book of Job in Chapter 7 ‘Dinosaurs’. It has some good points that are worth checking out.)