Do you ever feel like in your mind you are in court? You are standing next to the judge waiting for your verdict? You wonder, will you be let off easy for your crime with a volunteer commitment? Or will you have to pay a hefty fine? Or even worse, serve some time? This is what our lives feel like before we know Christ. But unfortunately, many Christians feel this way, although they have already accepted Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross.
They may slumber in their sleep a little while longer, previewing in their minds how they will play out their days, staying close to their satin sheets, pretending they are resting on puffy white clouds, enclosed in safety and love. We all have low seasons in our lives or moments when we need to recharge more. But according to the World Health Organization there are 300 million depressed people worldwide. (Link: https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-statistics-everyone-should-know-4159056). That statistic is staggering! With a statistic like that we probably encounter a depressed person at least once a week or daily, depending on how many people you interact with on a daily basis.
This musing isn’t to bring about guilt but rather awareness on God’s better plan for your life. For the well-known Bible verse in 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). When Jesus died on the cross for every believer and yet to be believer He had one goal in mind: to spend eternity with you. You are His beloved. You are a diadem in the hands of our Creator. (Isaiah 62:3 ). The veil that separated you and God was torn in two (Matthew 27:51). This allows you and I to have full access to relationship with God. Is that a part of the
“good news?” 🙂
But I know depression. However, I also know there is hope for those dark days that never seem to end where you spend countless days in your mind and room. I believe a lot of depression, at least for me, is when you wrestle with false guilt. You blame yourself for something you shouldn’t. As an example, you couldn’t make it to your friend’s young son’s birthday party because you already had a lot on your plate from bills, a sick husband, and dishes piling up. You tell your friend and she unintentionally makes you feel guilty. This isn’t my exact story but I have heard of such instances where the guilt heaps on. I struggle with anxiety and bad organizational skills, so I can only do some much in a day. If I accomplish 4 out of the 6 things that day the guilt feels like heavy concrete on my heart. But I did accomplish something that day, right? But some days it’s never enough for me. I am standing in a court of my own making in front of the judge. But friends, hear this, God is a merciful Judge. Hebrews 12:23 18:25 (b) states, “You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (NIV). And Genesis 18:25 (B) proclaims, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (NIV). Rest in peace, my fellow humans, leave that courtroom if you are filled with false guilt or depression and go straight into your loving Father’s arms. There you find clarity and resolution beyond comprehension. 🙂