WHY are Christians experiencing so much depression? Panic Attacks? Anxiety? Fatigue – mental, physical & spiritual?
This is a series of what God has been teaching me. There is no way to write it all in one post – so, I am going to just write about one point at the time…
My first breakthrough principle was REST –
1. GOD said…commanded…that we take a WHOLE DAY to rest. HE modeled that for us – and i KNOW it wasn’t because He was tired after all the creation events over the other 6 days.
Genesis 2:1-3 “Therefore, the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
Exodus 16 – Teaches us that God’s desire for us to observe a Sabbath continued in his plan of providing MANNA for the Israelites – no manna would be given on the Sabbath. But, a double portion on the 6th day. THIS WAS A TEST – would they work to gather on the “rest” day? He rebuked those who did…and observe this – the manna they gathered on Friday was sufficient! It was enough, it was good and still fresh.
* So, not only was it modeled for us by Holy God, but reinforced for his people along their journey. And this is all BEFORE the 10 Commandments were given. This was just walking out what HE knew was best for us. (Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.)
** What have we done with this? W have surrendered this God-ordained principle to the ways and pressures of the world. What would it take for us to re-claim ONE DAY, EVERY week, that is set aside for nothing but rest. Turn off T.V.’s, stop projects and….wait…wait….turn off cell phones!? for just 1 day.
Hebrews 4:8 -11 “For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”
The Biblical Illustration that I go to most often as confirmation of God’s design is when Elijah seemed depressed, fatigued, paranoid and hopeless –
I Kings 19 God gives Elijah SLEEP & Food – twice. That is what God instructed him to do in this depressed state he was in. THEN, God spoke to him and encouraged him that what he THOUGHT was the case (“It is only me that is doing your work, I am alone), was indeed not true. There were 7,000 more, ready to do battle for the Lord.
WHAT do we do now? HOW do we re-claim what God clearly required of us?
Will we continue to pay the price of disobedience to this commandment with our minds. What a tragic trade.
Keep your mind on His provision of manna…it will always be sufficient.
That’s all I have, right now.