Many of us are like birds with broken wings. But God chooses some of the most unlikely people to spread His Word.
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’” (1 Corinthians 26-31).
God’s people are not immune from bouts of despair.
Charles Spurgeon, a well-known Baptist preacher who died in 1892, who is still known as the “Prince of Preachers,” suffered from depression for many years after a tragedy in his life that occurred in 1856. He was often bed-bound with depression, unable to preach. He later said that he cried for no reason, but still his ministry went on.
From Christian Answers.net, Examples of people in the Bible who suffered bouts of depression:
Abraham (Genesis 15)
Jonah (Jonah 4)
Job (Book of Job)
Elijah (1 Kings 19)
King Saul (I Samuel 16:14-23, etc.)
Jeremiah (Book of Jeremiah)
David (Psalms 6, 13, 18, 23, 25, 27, 31, 32, 34, 37-40, 42-43, 46, 51, 55, 62-63, 69, 71, 73, 77, 84, 86, 90-91, 94-95, 103-104, 107, 110, 116, 118, 121, 123-124, 130, 138, 139, 141-143, 146-147)
David said, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance…For You are the God of my strength…” (Psalm 42:5, 43:2).
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The Lord doesn’t promise we won’t have suffering in this life, but He will comfort us if we put our trust in Him. Jesus said to His disciples in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
If anyone knows suffering, it is certainly Christ Jesus, who even though He had no sin, died for us so that we may be saved who believe in Him.
I’ve always been a Christian, albeit a stumbling one from time to time still in my walk with Christ. And I suffer from depression. Several years ago it all became so overwhelming that I spent over a year curled up on the couch, paralyzed with depression. God helped me to realize that I had to wait on Him and trust Him no matter what. I finally started praying for the Lord to use me for His glory until the day of deliverance comes. And He has.
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).
In the winter blackbirds flock together, and those birds who live in the cities have learned to sing louder and at higher frequencies in order to be heard above the noise and confusion. Taking a lesson from these birds, I have found–in the winter of my life– “birds of a feather” to join with on Facebook and the Rapture Ready website. Together we spread God’s Word to a broken world.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I still have times when I experience the “dark night of the soul.” My brothers and sisters in Christ have shared that they too have these times. You see, Satan hates those who spread God’s Word. He tries to stop them, and he knows which buttons to push. And he has ramped up these attacks, as he knows his time is short. Seeing what’s going on in the world now is shocking, even to those of us who study Bible prophecy and knew this time was coming. Our hearts break for lost loved ones whom, at this late hour, we realize may be left behind to face the Tribulation, at which time it will be harder than ever to turn to Christ. Now is the time for salvation!
Excerpt from GotQuestions. org:
Question: “What does it mean that today is the day of salvation?”
Answer: God has told the sinful world, in no uncertain terms, to repent (Mark 6:12; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; 17:30). To repent means to change your mind from embrace of sin and rejection of Christ to rejection of sin and embrace of Christ. Those who refuse to repent and turn to Christ in faith will suffer eternal consequences…
There are several reasons not to delay repentance. First, the Bible’s command to repent is accompanied by an urgent appeal to do it now: Paul quotes Isaiah 49:8, which speaks of “the day of salvation.” Then he says not to delay: “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Repentance should take place as soon as God the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins (see John 16:8)…“Today, if only you would hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Psalm 95:7–8).
Another problem with delaying repentance is that no one knows the day he will die. And after death comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27)…
Every time we refuse to repent, we continue to sin and our hearts get harder (see Hebrews 3:7–8). Every time a person says “no” to what’s right, it becomes a little easier to say “no” the next time, too. There’s a gradual hardening of the heart, a searing of the conscience (1 Timothy 4:2), that can numb an unsaved person to the point of being past feeling. This is a dangerous spiritual condition to be in.
Also, the harder a person’s heart becomes, the more “force” God will have to apply to bring him to repentance. This is illustrated in the increasingly severe plagues in Egypt. As Pharaoh continued to harden his heart, the plagues continued and worsened until culminating in a loss of life in every Egyptian household (Exodus 7–11)…
Tragically, there is a point of no return. God may eventually stop trying to bring the chronically rebellious to repentance and give them over to their own ways (Romans 1:28)…
By delaying repentance, we are delaying certain blessings from God. At least three verses bring this to light: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19). “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). “Your wrongdoings have kept these [showers of blessing] away; your sins have deprived you of good” (Jeremiah 5:25)…
It is true that God is gracious to us and that a person may be able to repent up until the day he dies. But we should not live presumptuously. We are not guaranteed tomorrow…
James 4:17 says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” Once we know what is right, we are responsible to do it. And once we know something is sin, we are responsible to repent of it and forsake it. We dare not delay repentance. There was a time when the Lord shut the door of the ark, and the flood swept everyone outside the ark away (Genesis 7:16). There came a time when the wedding party began, and those who were not ready for the coming of the bridegroom were locked out (Matthew 25:1–13). — Gotquestions. org, CEO, Michael Houdmann
So, if you have not given your life to Christ, I urge you to do it now—this very day!
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12).
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
(by P. McCartney; sung by Sarah McLachlan)
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.
Blackbird fly; Blackbird fly
Into the light of a dark black night.
writer for www.raptureready.com