We live in a day when being down means being depressed and being depressed means seeing a doctor which means medication. Hold on.
I remember one time when I was a young man of being shaky and nervous so I just needed to set down or I might faint. I told a man I knew how I was feeling and he said I needed to eat something. I did and I felt better. I have had times when I felt similarly, not good at all, and a candy bar gave my body what it needed. Sometimes the feeling bad can be a nutritional need. And during this time I had a larger issue: I didn’t know where I was going and I didn’t know the LORD. I was very sad and pretty hopeless about the future. Thankfully I sought the LORD and found Him.
“Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.” Psalm 32:6
And sometimes there is a different explanation where we should feel bad. David said,
“For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.” Ps 32:4.
David didn’t feel bad because of chemical, hormonal, or some kind of nutritional imbalances. David felt bad because he was guilty and God’s hand was upon him. Feeling bad because we are making a shambles of our life is not something that can or should be medicated.
Before you accept that your being “down” and depressed is due to chemical and/or hormone imbalances, investigate if what you are feeling isn’t normal.
“For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing; My strength has failed because of my iniquity, And my body has wasted away.” Ps 31:10.
David didn’t need a doctor. He needed to address his sin. With that addressed, God would forgive him, and David would rejoice and be glad.
But maybe you aren’t living in sin and the problem is something else.
Life is full of ups and downs. Maybe the enemy is against you and you feel like you are going through the “valley of the shadow of death”. The Psalmist said he wouldn’t be afraid or broken nor would he look to be sedated because it’s too tough. The enemy can be scary, but stay in the game. Pray more in these times.
I could go on but I’ll stop here. Life isn’t always perfect. Deal with it. And before looking for something to blame, make changes in your own life. Smile more. Be positive. Put your foot forward and shake someone’s hand. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Love, not just the lovable, but love the unlovable. And when things are looking pretty bad today, hold on. Get a good night’s rest and I can promise you it will get better.
And remember that sometimes we feel bad because we know we need the LORD.
God bless you. Dan
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