06 June 2020 - Ecclesiastes 2:17-26
“Therefore I hated life...” Depression. That ugly emotion that sucks all joy and life out of you and makes you believe there is no purpose or value in anything you do. Everything King Solomon says in this passage reflects that sense of hopelessness. But this hopelessness is not God’s plan for us. God’s truth offers hope, but it can be hard to align our thinking to His truth when we are depressed. We need to hold on, even if by our fingertips!
The good news is we have God living inside us who loves us deeply and will never let us go. Isaiah 41:13 is such a beautiful picture of His father heart: “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.”
The Message paraphrases it as: “Because I, your GOD, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, “Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.”
If you are depressed, talk to someone, but also talk to God. Make the choice to feed on His word and promises, because what we choose to think about becomes our truth. Meditate on even one verse that is special to you. His word is the plumb line for our lives and brings us back into alignment with Him.
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Phil 4:8. Don’t let your mind become the breeding ground for the enemy.
I want to leave you with two songs: ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ and ‘What a beautiful name.’https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2tKVqZZiI4
Give yourself permission to take your eyes off your problems and put your focus on Him in worship. He wants to give you a new perspective.