Days of Suffering – Navigating the Depths

By Karen Polich

Even in your darkest moments, God is there, never leaving His beloved child. He hears your cries; he knows your pain. His love abounds no matter the circumstances. The Bible has many examples of God’s fierce, uncompromising love and how He will use someone who has walked through dark times and depression.

Pastor Michael Cook took us into the darkness of Job’s depression and how we can navigate the depths of our own worst times. (Read Job 3) Job’s dialogue resonates with honesty and reality. He pours himself out to God with complete transparency.

Three questions Job asks in the midst of his depression:
1. Why was I born?
2. Why am I alive?
3. Why can’t I die?

At the root of his despair, Job cried out “Why?” His intense pain brought him to utter brokenness. Beyond clear thoughts, Job was in the depths of suffering. Comfort seemed out of his reach.

In your darkest days, you are not alone. Jesus understands your pain and will not leave you. Never forget that God has a plan for your life and while you may find yourself caught in circumstances that bring utter desolation, God’s righteousness and love are unchanging. You can count on Him and trust Him even when all hope seems lost.

Proverbs 18:24 tells us, One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Pastor Cook gave us seven “helps” in time of trouble.
1. The strongest of God’s people enter into depression.
2. Realize that suffering occurs on many different levels.
3. It is unrealistic to look for someone to lift you out of your depression.
4. Take steps that will minimize the effect of the depression.
5. Trust God before you have the answers.
6. Give your hurt, pain, anger, bitterness and frustration to the Lord.
7. Understand God is at work.

Navigating the depths of suffering can seem impossible and the pain relentless, but God walks with you. Are you seeking Him today?

Listen to Pastor Michael Cook’s full sermon here.

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