“Apart from you I have no good thing.” Apart–separated, away from, distant.
When in pain, long term, or in darkness from depression for long periods, it is easy to feel completely and utterly alone, separated from, distant from anything and anyone. The darkness, the pain can isolate you into a self-centred hole. Being in that hole is no good thing.
God has promised that “He is our refuge, an ever present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). When the pain is so strong and the depression so deep it is so hard to trust that God is still in control and that He will “work for the good, to them that love him and are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28).
We wonder what good can come from so much pain and depression, but oh, the depths of the creator are so beyond ours that even the deepest darkest depression, the cruellest most excruciating pain cannot hide His works nor defeat His purposes. God is able to hold on to you through the worst of times and enable them to draw you closer to Him and in so doing emblazon His likeness into your spirit by His Spirit.
Our pain, our depression cannot and will not remove us from God’s presence, we are not apart from Him because of our pain, because of our depression, we are only apart from Him because we choose to take our eyes off Him to focus on, perhaps ourselves, perhaps a cure, perhaps something else to dull the pain, the ache. Turn fully to Him, our refuge, our Lord, because apart from Him we have “no good thing.”
Prayer: Lord, in my pain, in my darkness, help me to remember that nothing can separate me from You except my “self.”
About the Author:
Julie Munro lives in New Zealand, her walk with the Lord has been over mountains and through valleys but He has remained her constant support and her ever loving Father.
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In what ways has God shined through you despite the pain you have endured?