Depressed & Blessed

Russell Minick 2 Comments

Blessed are those who mournfor they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4 

Why mourn?

It is good to mourn because life is sad. That’s why. 

The Story is that creation is good, but the creation separated from God is not good (it is fallen; rotten). So life is this crazy queasiness of going from exhilaration to nausea and staggering through numb phases in between (for most everyone; particularly for the attentive). I hear there are people who maintain their health, their finances, their relationships, their accomplishments, their spirituality etc. such that they are always soaring like eagles; always. I’ve also heard of Yetis.

The Bible records life in good ways, but it includes sad, sad, sad stuff.

Genesis: God made everything oh so good, including man, but then it is sad. Man is alone. That is not good; that is lonely. He is sad.

Then there is the fall of humanity to the deceit of the spiritually fallen serpent. We don’t have the details of the serpent’s story, but apparently it had already gone sad. He is bent on warring with the only self-existent omni-everything being. How sad.

Humanity falls from wisdom and goodness, we turn against one another, work gets hard, relationships get messy…

That’s just the genesis of sadness. It cranks up to ultra sad in Jeremiah’s lament for besieged Jerusalem:

Lamentations 2:11 My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out to the ground because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, because infants and babies faint in the streets of the city.

Lamentations 4:10 The hands of compassionate women have boiled their own children; they became their food during the destruction of the daughter of my people.

That is very, very sad.

And, no disrespect to Jabez (hard to be disrespectful in that there is practically nothing known about him except he was ambitious) but how about THE PRAYER OF JOB:

Job 30:19-31 God has cast me into the mire, and I have become like dust and ashes. I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me; with the might of your hand you persecute me. You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it, and you toss me about in the roar of the storm. For I know that you will bring me to death and to the house appointed for all living. “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand, and in his disaster cry for help? Did not I weep for him whose day was hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy? But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came. My inward parts are in turmoil and never still; days of affliction come to meet me. I go about darkened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help. I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches. My skin turns black and falls from me, and my bones burn with heat. My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.

That’s pretty sad, huh?

What about Jesus and sadness?

Isaiah 53:3-4 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (4) Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

John 11:35 Jesus wept.*

*(He was sad).

So where’s the blessing? It is in hope. Evil is real and IF…. again… IF we deal with the pain and sorrow in our hearts and in this world by going to God we can find real comfort (instead of delusion or just being medicated).

And so I grieve, not for show, but because the desire for unhindered goodness in me and around me isn’t there like it should be.

Oh God, I’m so sad. Bless me with your comfort I pray.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

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Comments 2

  1. Thank you, Russell! The “Too blessed to be stressed”, phrase had me stressed and depressed! I felt as if as a believer I shouldn’t be sad about anything. But u r right, I do have a Hope!

  2. When I realize my spiritual state apart from Christ, I should be sad; I should mourn. In the preceding verse, Jesus pronounces a blessing on those who are poor in spirit — spiritual poverty. But the kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.

    In my current struggle, I am constantly reminded just how much I need Jesus and how sad life really is if I don’t have Him. But I do, and that makes every bit of difference in the world. I do, and I can laugh. I do, and I can still count it all joy.

    The world, without Jesus, really is a sad place.

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