2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
If you’re anything like me, perhaps you thought that this would mean that our troubles would always feel small, and we would be unfazed. And if that’s the case, like myself, you’re in store for a very rude awakening. In the very same passage, the life of a disciple is painted through words like “hard pressed” and “struck down” paired with hopes of not being destroyed. However, as Jesus stated very plainly in John 16:33, we WILL have trouble.
Now, there is a clear difference between trouble we get ourselves into by sinning and trouble that disciples face for being disciples, but I won’t delve into that right now.
I suppose what I really want to say is that I’ve learned a lot about fighting the fight, and I’ve been struck, but not knocked down as well. Depression has been a battle of mine for as long as I can remember, I just didn’t quite know what to call it. Since I was small, there would be days where it was just hard to get up, where I didn’t feel motivated to eat, move, talk, and essentially live. When I became a disciple, I fooled myself into thinking that this struggle was finally over. Yay, no more depression!
But I was wrong.
Though it’s still a battle, it’s on an entirely different field. Not only has God given me the grace of His help, but He’s surrounded me with people that are here to help me. The struggle sometimes, though, is asking for help. Pride is killer, and we aren’t meant to fight alone. There will be months when I can easily forget about ever being depressed, through wonderful Bible studies and grand adventures, the journey seems to remain in the peaks of the mountains for a time. And while the summits are beautiful, I wouldn’t learn very much if I remained up there. Even Jesus himself had to suffer to be made perfect;
Hebrews 5:8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
So don’t lose heart, and if you feel like you aren’t really fighting, maybe it’s time to start. If you want to study the Bible more, get deeper into the heart of it all and find the hope that drives us heavenward, contact me, I’d love to study with you. Though these troubles are light and momentary compared to the hope that we have, without that hope, they can kill. Believe me, there’s a huge difference in fighting them with the hope I have now.
Don’t give up, keep fighting, the Son is coming.