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08 February 2013
Dear God Tracker
God-Tracking Knows Godís Presence During Dark Seasons Of Questioning.
One of England's finest preachers, C.H. Spurgeon often endured bouts of severe depression throughout his ministry. This was due in part to gout but also for other reasons. In a biography of the "prince of preachers", Arnold Dallimore wrote, "What he suffered in those times of darkness we may not know... 'There are dungeons', he said, 'beneath the castles of despair.'" If even a great man of God like Spurgeon endured dark seasons then I know thereís hope for the rest of us.
Often we as Christians turn a brave face to the world pretending everything is alright when weíre actually churning with depression inside. Psychologists will tell us that there are many causes for depression from chemical imbalance in our bodies to the results of bereavement. Donít know about you but I often find myself asking God deep-life questions during times of darkness, like Spurgeon but somehow he remains silent. However, as Ravi Zacharias once said, ďHaving the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of Godís presence during dark seasons of questioning.Ē
Do you feel as though youíre going through a dark season of questioning at the moment? Are you enduring unreasonable depression or simply feeling down in the mouth? Well then, let me encourage you and me alike to take our eyes off of the source of our questioning and dwell rather on the mere fact of Godís presence. Godís word and his Spirit (his presence) always work together and his word reminds us that we will indeed go through many times of trial, which may lead to depression. However, when we do go through dark waters and the fierce flames we will come out the other side unscathed if we remember that he is always with us through it all.
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Verse of the Week
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Quote of the Week
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ďI am convinced that, many times, the one thing that prolongs our trials is our refusal to give thanks with a grateful and contrite heart.Ē --- Bonnie Ricks
Donít Give-up, Look-up!
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O Lord and Help Me Through My Dark Season Of Questioning
ďDear Father God, I feel so lonely at the moment. Iím over worked and under rested. Stress in reeling me in and I feel like Iím drifting into depression. Please forgive me if I have taken my eyes off of Jesus and looked at my circumstances. I now lift up my gaze as I remember that there is nowhere I can escape your presence. Lord, you are with me in all of this; I know you will never forsake me, because I call on your name. Come now, O Lord and help me through my dark season of questioning. Amen.Ē
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