Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Sound The Battle Cry"1 (Lyrics)
Sometimes, when situations arise over which I have no control, and I feel particularly overwhelmed, retreating to the comfort of my bed is wonderful. It is especially nice if I am having a good dream. In our dreams, we escape from pain and suffering and reality.
Depressed people do not want to get out of bed, because they do not want to face the problems that they have internalized for whatever reason, or they are enduring an illness either in themselves or in a loved one. We long for something to heal us from the deep hole into which we have sunk and from which we sometimes find it impossible to escape.
We need a sense of purpose. We need our inner being, our life, and our hearts filled with something, in order to replace the emptiness that has infected us and affected us negatively.
Jesus knows what we are going through. He has been there. Jesus suffered so much that His sweat was mixed with blood dripping down His face as He anticipated being nailed to the cross.
Luke 22:43-44 – Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him, for he was in such agony of spirit that he broke into a sweat of blood, with great drops falling to the ground as he prayed more and more earnestly. (TLB)
Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB)
Is any of us feeling down in the dumps? Do we feel that life is too hard to bear? There is help. Jesus can fill this void in our lives.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You baptized Your Son with a purpose: to share Your love for all of mankind and to reconcile sinners to You. Fill our emptiness with Your love. We thank You for equipping doctors and psychologists with wisdom and discernment in order to help the oppressed and mentally challenged. Grant them empathy and love as they minister Your healing and serve Your children today. Amen.