There are times I have felt this way. Sometimes the problems seem small, other times they have been overwhelming, but the pain has always been mine, and the question deep and real. Where is God when things don’t go the way we want them to? When everything is going well, God was as close as my Bible and a prayer. In grief and depression the dark cloud hides his face, prayer was empty, and the morning wasn’t worth waking up to.

Jesus said that we would have trouble in this world, and his promise was that he overcame the world. But how is that a comfort in the middle of my grief? How does his overcoming the world help me to overcome my depression?

When I sit with people asking the question, I tell them right off that I can’t take away their pain. That’s what they want, to feel the sunshine again. Pain is inevitable in a sinful world, and we have to bear them, but not alone. We have been given the Spirit to encourage and strengthen us in our pain, and he has given us the church to lift us, stand with us, and to help bear the burden.

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8,9.

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!“ 2 Peter 3:10-12.

I’m just saying

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