I don't know how the people of this world survive life without the encouragement found in the Bible. It is the only thing that really helps me.
For over 20 years I have suffered quietly with a painful medical issue. The doctors kept thinking it was something else and would treat it for that, but instead of getting better it was getting worse. It got to the point that I was in so much pain, I could not sit or move without terrible discomfort. It wasn't a continuous thing, but when it came it stayed for months at a time before it would mysteriously stop.
It was one of these days that I sat with the Bible and read the words of Jeremiah 15:18
"Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain?"
Ah...someone who related. Someone who spoke out the very words I had thought myself. Where was God in all of this? Why did I have to suffer with this incredibly painful issue for so long? Why could the doctors not figure out what it was? My eyes filled with tears as I read on.
"Therefore, thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair), then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness), you shall be my mouthpiece. (But do not yield to them.) Let them return to you--not you to (the people)."
I love the Amplified Bible because it puts in brackets what you find in a Concordance. It was a settling word for me. I had formed thoughts of distrust and despair, and I had wondered about God's faithfulness. This might as well have been me God was talking to.
It was enough to get me on track, and shortly afterwards my condition was diagnosed. It was something completely different than the doctors thought, and it was easily treated. What a relief!!!
Lately, although I've been very busy, I've been depressed. Life is not what I thought it would be, and it's been getting harder and harder. Again I began to question God. Where are you? Have you left me? Again I found encouragement in the Word of God. This was spoken to Israel, but since I am a christian I felt it could have been spoken to me.
Isaiah 43 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you (ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives); I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor till the flame kindle upon you..."
This is the Word that settled me today, and I am seeing some blue skies of hope through those clouds of depression. It's going to be a good day!
Thanks for your company on my journey!