As part of our series on ‘Tough Times’, this Wednesday we talked about times when we feel down and even depressed, perhaps because things in our lives are hard for us, or we feel overwhelmed, or we are experiencing clinical depression, or anxiety, or physical illness. Relationship problems, money worries, job troubles, family stress or bereavement can all weigh us down.
It seems that during our hardest times, when we need God the most, it can be most difficult to reach out to him. When our hearts and minds are troubled, we can tend to isolate ourselves, wrapped up in our problems and feeling far away from God and our Christian friends.
In Romans 8:28-39, we read that nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love. It doesn’t matter how we feel, or how hard we find it to believe that God truly loves and cares for us, the truth is that “neither trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword” can come between us and the love of our God.
More than that, we read that “in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Sometimes it can be hard for us to believe that this is true when things are tough, but God’s word is eternal, as true now as it ever was. It doesn’t change and it never fails. It is a rock that we can hold on to.
If you are facing troubles today, or if your mind is full of worry, then make a decision to reach out to God. If you are finding it hard to believe that God really loves you, or that he really is working for your good, then ask him for the strength to believe. It might be easier said than done, but we don’t depend on our own strength, but on the strength God gives to us.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8)