Handling Discouragement and Depression – Part 2

“The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding. He gives strength to the faint and strengthens the powerless. Youths may become faint and weary, the young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar like eagles, they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40.28-31).

I become faint, and I am weary. I am limited. God is never weary. There is no limit to His strength or His understanding. His is almighty or all-powerful. He created everything and maintains it all. There is nothing in creation that is outside of God’s control. So, I am guilty and ashamed of my sin. Inward corruption and external temptation are powerful foes. But God has the power needed to overcome it all. I have cause for fear and despair if I alone must battle sin. But God will fight this battle for me. I must bring all my anxieties, fears, guilt, and shame to Him. I leave them at His throne and He sustains me. He strengthens the powerless. 

Not only does God have the power to deliver me, He is all-wise. He has all understanding. I think that God doesn’t love me if He hasn’t delivered me to moment I ask of Him. I think that He has ignored my claim. But my thoughts are not God’s thoughts. His ways are past finding out. He is infinite and I am finite. I want to be free of pressure but God in His infinite wisdom wants me to remain faithful under it. I want exaltation but He knows I need humiliation. I want peaceful, calm waters, He knows I need storms and rough winds to accomplish His will through me. Through it all, God is all-wise and knows the way ahead for me. His wisdom and power are unfailing in directing me through life. I know that all things work together for my good because I do love God. I am certain that I am called according to His purpose (Romans 8.28). 

So, I am often powerless and ignorant about what is happening. But God is without limits. He grants me what is needed for today. I have no cause for despair and ample room for joy. 

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