Monday, February 18, 2008

God in the ordinary

I needed this, maybe you do to.

When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God’s creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things-things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression. But we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply to overcome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.


Jonathan Erdman said...

I think the assumption here is still that depression is something that we should somehow overcome.

I think that Job is a case in point for the fact that sometimes God wants us to be depressed.

That's my 2 cents! said...

While it is an interesting premise, I'm not sure I agree. Aren't there things in life which are depressing? Where is the obedience required at the death of a loved one? We may know that they're with Christ, but we still feel the loss; we are still depressed.

Or perhaps there is some other context the writer gives for the kind of depression not presented in the excerpt you use.

Please don't get me wrong here, I do believe that disobedience brings depression. But certainly there are valid reasons for depression that have nothing to do with obedience/disobedience.