This really shouldn’t bother any knowledgeable person, as the problem has always been around, though seldom, if ever, admitted. Here’s a note from the noted 19th century pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon on the subject:
“Fits of depression come over most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy. There may be here and there men of iron...but surely the rust frets even these.” Lectures to my Students.
John Bunyan waded in these waters with his “Slough of Despond” character in Pilgrims Progress. (Slough is Swamp). The modern Christian Soldier seems to be bogged down in an emotional swamp, going forward sluggishly in the war against the evil of our day.
The Bible has many accounts of serious down in the dumps dealings with such people as David in at least three of the Psalms, 32, 38, and 51. One of the causes of his downers was an inability to agree with God and let the past be the past. God had forgiven him, but David lamented “For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.” Psalm 51:3.
It’s observable to serious people who become entangled in sin such as David, that it is hard to accept the truth that the Lord truly forgives. Though the consequences of the sin may severe, we must accept God’s Word as the final statement on the matter. Easy to say…
Elijah, the grand prophet of the Old Testament, had a swim in the Swamp of Depression as recorded in 1 Kings 19:1-7. It seems the man of God was fleeing from the demented Queen Jezebel and took up residence in the Juniper Luxury Hotel, with meals prepared by an out of this world chef. While wrapped in this opulence our man prayed, “Now Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Over the years I have heard such words from some saints that if I were to call their name, you would probably faint. Of course I will never reveal such names, keeping the same confidence as any reputable counselor.
It is interesting that the Senior Counselor at the Juniper Luxury Hotel, did not defrock Elijah. Instead of such crass treatment, Elijah was abundantly prepared for the great work of his life in the finding, calling and mentoring Elisha, the young plowman who succeeded him, and worked twice as many miracles! So much for the “write off the coward crowd.”
Perhaps you have had a bout with “rust” of the emotions and are now being raked over the coals. Why not follow the above biblical examples as well as President Reagan’s plaque on Air Force One, “Don’t let the sons of unwed parents get you down.”
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