Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

When sadness and depression settles into one’s mind, heart, and soul, it is not easy to shuck the feelings off, break out of the rut, and move on as some may suggest or think. At times, inner despair remains, regardless of the goodwill offered from those that care. If this sounds like you, realize you are not alone. Many others have battled or are currently battling with valleys of darkness.

Are you aware that numerous men and women of the Bible struggled with sadness? Yes, God-trusting people experienced depressed feelings, emotional grief, and times of despair.

These people struggled with feelings of despair for multiple reasons, but they all trusted in one awesome God that loved and helped each one out. Moses was overwhelmed, so God appointed him some help (through his brother, Aaron). Job lost everything but God blessed him in his latter years. After Hanna poured her heart out to the Lord, he opened her womb and she gave birth to a son. As Hagar cried in the wilderness, God provided for her and her child’s needs.

Sullenness can enter one’s life after defeat or loss, after a huge spiritual triumph, after committing sin, after suffering at the hands of someone else, or even as the result of a chemical imbalance. No matter what the problem or cause of people’s sadness, God is still ready and able to help his beloved children. He will go through great lengths to restore that which is broken and crushed in spirit.

God’s Word says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

If you are feeling down, know that God is with you. He knows what you are going through and he does not want you to remain broken, crushed in spirit. Invite him into every area of your life that needs healing. Allow his Spirit and Word to comfort you. Reach out and let others aid and encourage you along the way too. Brighter days will come as you place your hope in the Lord and take the necessary steps he asks you to take to walk by faith despite feelings that tempt you to walk by sight.

Here is suggested prayer for today:

Father God, my feelings and emotions have been troubling me. Thank you for giving them to me as indications of things I can bring to you in prayer. I pray that as we work through these issues and fears together, you will restore me back to wholeness so I can rejoice in you even when I don't feel like doing so.Please show me if anything that I have done is causing my soul to be downcast. Fill me with the light of your Spirit so I can arise from this state of gloominess. Teach me to cast every care upon you. Fill me with your joy and peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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