Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? I groan in prayer, but help seems far away. Psalms 22 : 1
LISTEN: Are you depressed? Not to worry! Depression happens to everyone at one time or the other, but staying depressed is what is wrong and should not be allowed because it is destructive and frustrating. What does it mean to be depressed? It means to feel sad: to have a serious medical condition that causes you to feel very sad, hopeless, and unimportant. People are often sad for different reasons. Reasons for sadness includes, death of a loved one, disease or sickness, disappointment, bankruptcy, hardship, break up in relationships, poverty, natural disasters (earthquake, hurricane, fire, flood, etc.); loss of finance, joblessness, the list goes on and on. No doubt, when people are hit with any of these situations, they tend to respond with depression. They feel sad because things did not work their own way. However, all depend on how we choose to react to what happens to us.
Beloved, you are not the only one going through difficult and challenging situation in life. David and many others were there. They suffered and faced hard times like you. They were heartbroken at some point in life like you. Worst of all, they prayed like you and their prayers was greeted with silence as God seemed to be very far from them; as a result, they were depressed and frustrated. That was the state of David when he penned this Psalm. He said, ” My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? I groan in prayer, but help seems far away.” (Psalms 22 : 1). Beloved, surely there are times when you will pray and conclude that God has abandoned you and does not care anymore because your prayer was not answered. But that is not true, God still cares. He will answer at the right time. The same David who was depressed because his prayer was not answered immediately was the same that declares that God is his shepherd, and therefore will not fear because he is sure of safety, favour and protection. (Psalms 23 : 1 – 6). Finally, he celebrated God’s goodness when He eventually answered him. He said, ” In my distress I cried out to the LORD. The LORD answered me and put me in a wide open place.”(Psalms 118 : 5). Beloved, do not be depressed, cheer up! The LORD will answer you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not allow depression to weaken your faith in God, instead, trust God completely.
2. Determine to be focused irrespective of challenges, trials and temptation.
3. Always trust the faithfulness of God even when it seems that He is not answering you.
4. Remember that God is not far from you and eventually He will answer your prayers.
Daily Task: No matter the situation, do not be depressed or lose hope. Instead, cheer up! Because the LORD will answer you eventually.
Daily Reflection: A time when you pray with no answers and conclude that God has abandoned you, and does not care anymore is the time you should trust Him the most, because He is working out something for you behind the scenes.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I bless you because you have not abandoned me. Therefore, no matter what I go through, help me to overcome depression and fear, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may God not abandoned you. No matter what you go through, may He help you to overcome depression and fear. Henceforth, receive strength to overcome and succeed, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: It is hard to believe that God still cares when He refused to answer your prayers, but an act of faith to believe that He is working out something for you behind the scenes.
Today In History: September 13, 1961. An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.