I read this today in My Utmost For His Highest.
The Initiative Against Depression
“Arise and eat.“1 KINGS 19:5
The angel did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable; he told Elijah to do the most ordinary thing,
viz., to get up and eat. If we were never depressed we should not be alive; it is the nature of a crystal never to be depressed.
A human being is capable of depression, otherwise, there would be no
capacity for exaltation. There are things that are calculated to depress,
things that are of the nature of death; and in taking an estimate of
yourself, always take into account the capacity for depression.
When the Spirit of God comes He does not give us visions; He tells us
to do the most ordinary things conceivable. Depression is apt to turn us away from the ordinary commonplace things of God’s creation, but whenever God comes, the inspiration is to do the most natural simple things the things we would never have imagined God was in, and as we do them we find He is there.
The inspiration which comes to us in this way is an initiative against
depression; we have to do the next thing and do it in the inspiration of
God. If we do a thing in order to overcome depression, we deepen the
depression; but if the Spirit of God makes us feel intuitively that we must do the thing, and we do it, the depression is gone. Immediately we arise
and obey, we enter on a higher plane of life.
I don’t think Chambers is referring to clinical depression. I think perhaps he is referring to a period of feeling really low. But the advice is still good.
As a general rule, there is no reason to coddle ourselves. We need to get up, get moving, eat, etc. We need to engage in the “ordinary” things of life. I said as a general rule because there are times when “coddling” is exactly what a person needs. But not every day.
So for today, do the ordinary. Push yourself to put one foot in front of the other. See God in these ordinary steps because He is there ahead of you on the path urging you on.Tweet
God bless and have a good day.
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