Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 

A man asked a preacher friend, “How many active members do you have?” The preacher replied, “They’re all active. Half of them are working with me and half of them are working against me.” Sometimes in life we find that some people are working against us rather for us. That is depressing.

There was also a young midwestern lawyer suffered from such deep depression that his friends thought it best to keep all knives and razors out of his reach. He questioned his life’s calling and the wisdom of even attempting to follow it through. During this time he wrote, “I am now the most miserable man living. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell.” That lawyer was Abraham Lincoln who became the President of the USA.

Depression can hit anyone.

In 2 Corinthians 12, we are told that Paul was given a thorn in the flesh to perhaps keep him humble. BUT PAUL DIDN’T LIKE THAT THORN!  But God comforted Paul and cared for him by saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses.” (2 Cor. 12:9.) Warren Wiersbe said, “God did not give Paul any explanations. Instead, He gave him a promise. WE DO NOT LIVE ON EXPLANATIONS; WE LIVE ON PROMISES!”

God’s promise was a sure thing for Paul and for us, as well. We must believe. We must trust. And we must ask. Brothers and sisters, depression in any form is not easy. But with God’s help, blessing and grace it can be handled and overcome.

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