Two of my very good friends right now are having some very big problems arise in their life. So, I was curious and opened up the Bible App, and looked at the plan, “Finding Strength in Depression.” Here’s the start of it:
Pray: God, connect with me here, as I seek you in your Word. Begin with focus and openness to see what God has for you.
Read: The scripture slowly. Take notes.
Reflect: On what strikes you. Think through how God is communicating.
Respond: Speak to God directly about what’s in your mind and heart.
Psalm 42:5-“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Psalm 4:1-“Answer me when I call you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”
Psalm 34: 17-19-”The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (This verse, is one of my favorites. It’s just amazing to me, to think about how God really hears us. There is a great big God who knows all our thoughts, he knows what we’re going through, he just wants us to reach out to him. Once you say his name, once you reach for him, he will come to you. He’s waiting on us to make that effort. He doesn’t want you to hurt. He wants to give you rest. Give him that chance.)
Psalm 30:5-“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
John 14: 27-27-“But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ( Also one of my favorites. He will give you peace. He leaves peace with you. There is no reason to be troubled, or afraid because whether you really know it or believe it, you have God watching over you. He sees every step you take. He’s got you. That amazes me, just amazes me.)
Isaiah 41:10- “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:13-“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (This one and the one of above I also love. Picture God reaching down, and grabbing your hand when you are hurting. When you are sitting in that corner, crouched down, hurt, tears pouring, imagine him lifting up your head, and telling you that you don’t have to fear, he’s with you. Imagine it, It’s such a strong image to me. I just can’t get enough of God’s love.)
Romans 15:4-“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide, we might have hope.”
Romans 15:13-“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
So many times we have pain in our life. Sometimes we feel as though that’s all we have. We get rough patches,we hit the hills and we can’t get over them. But look up, look around you because God loves you. He loves you so much. He wants to take that pain away from us, he wants us to be free. Let God. “Let Go, and Let God.”