Out of the gloom the Son broke through

by Doug Malear on February 10th, 2011

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Heb 1:3 NIV)

In Western Michigan, the winters can seem long, gloomy, and never-ending due to the continuous overcast skies that monopolize our days. Michigan in winter, or summer, is a beautiful place to live or visit. We are surrounded by the Great Lakes, have wonderful beaches and forests, and hundreds of inland lakes. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place. But, as I mentioned, we have these long dark periods in winter where the sun seems to go into hiding. This tends to deepen the very real depression that some people are dealing with already (Christians included).

I pastor a small inner city church and am involved in the lives of many people, not only those in our church, but many who are not. So, I received three calls one week in February from people who were Christians. After weeks of overcast skies they were suffering from depression and looking for help and acceptance. These people were all feeling confused, defeated and ashamed. Not because they were experiencing depression, but because they were Christians experiencing depression.

Many times Christians are made to feel, (by other Christians in many cases) as though their faith in God is somehow less than adequate if they have these kinds of feelings. So those afflicted have the tendency to push those feelings deeper inside and build a wall around them, or, in some instances, withdraw from fellowship and into themselves.They begin to doubt their faith and often shy away from Biblical counsel. These are real feelings that some people deal with, and rather than being ostricized, they need their brothers and sisters, in the faith, around them at those difficult times.

One of the greatest figures of the Old Testament, King David, dealt with depression; In Psalm 42:5 (NIV) he says, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my savior my God.” King David begins here to give himself a pep talk. He gives himself this advice, “Hey self, even though you are down and disturbed, put your hope in God and praise Him anyway.”
I am not an expert on depression and certainly do not want to minimize the reality of it. I do believe if we discipline ourselves to praise the Lord in the midst of it, even though it is the last thing we want to do, it can go a long way in helping us deal with depression. I have down times in my life and have learned to practice the biblical mandate to, “Take on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

One morning I was driving along under a gray Michigan sky when...... suddenly, out of the gloom, the sun broke through and there was brightness everywhere. It was such a dramatic and instant change that, for a moment, I thought the Lord was returning. I quickly checked the seat belt around me, not wanting to be left behind because of a faulty locking mechanism. But, as it turned out, it was the sun, not the SON.

The whole effect jolted me as it dissipated the clouds overhead (and some that were in my head). An unexplainable feeling of well being gripped my heart and thrilled my soul as I thought of Revelation 2:17 (NIV) “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna.”

I had just received some of the hidden manna (a glimpse of the Lord’s Glory). Suddenly, out of the gloom and depression of winter, the sun broke through, and just as suddenly out of the gloom and despair of my heart the SON broke through and refreshed my spirit anew.

Be encouraged, dear heart, the Son wants to break through in your life too.

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