the story of Hannah we find several different things that can cause depression,
anxiety, eating disorders and other things along those lines. As is common, she
had several things working against her at once.
1:1-2 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his
name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son
of Zuph, an Ephrathite: 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was
Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah
had no children.
This is one of the problems of polygamy. It genders strife. We don't know which
one was actually his first wife, but Hannah would have been spared much trouble
if Elkanah had been content with one wife.|
all, we see that Hannah had the perennial problem of the "crowded marriage."
Her husband had two wives, and as we shall see, it did not work out too well for
Many women suffer from a "crowded marriage." "The other woman"
may be an adulterous partner, a second wife (in the case of Mormons and
Muslims), a meddling mother-in-law, a domineering parent who tries to
supervise their offspring's home, another woman who is held up as "perfect," or a
homosexaul partner. It could also be the man's career, hobbies, sports,
"crowdedness" can come in later years when an aging parent is taken
into the home who requires, or demands, constant care that is beyond the ability
of the wife to give. One lady whose husband insisted that his mother live with
them told me, "No one ever came between my husband and me before, but she
is." Things did not sound good and the wife could not get her husband to
see it because he spent so much time "on the road" that he didn't understand
what was going on.
In fairness we should also note that some men
suffer from "crowded marriages" too. Their wife's "other"
may be similar to the ones mentioned above, or it may be her job, her "crafts,"
or her "buddies" - other women she hangs around with who take preeminence
over her husband (her BFFs). A woman's children can also come between her and her husband.
also had no children. Under the Mosaic covenant this was a great shame because
God had promised to reward obedience to His law with fruitfulness. Deuteronomy
7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep,
and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy
which he sware unto thy fathers:...14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people:
there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
Without children, Hannah looked like a failure. Many people would assume
she was "not right with God."
This is common today, as
well. When people don't get the blessings others assume they should have, the "blessed"
will judge the "unblessed" of sin, though they really do not know God's
reason. People may think a single person has somehow failed to do the right thing
or God would give them a spouse. It may be suggested, either in private or publically,
that a barren woman isn't "doing something right" or she would have
children. Perhaps they aren't praying hard enough, perhaps they aren't "surrendered,"
or perhaps they have "sin in their lives." There are other areas as
well where these attitudes are exhibited. These attitudes from fellow believers
are very discouraging and can aggravate the affliction of depression or anxiety,
if not actually bringing it on.
This is not in keeping with God's
will for His children. He tells us in Romans 12:9, Let
love be without dissimulation... 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; We ought to be
one another to be ...patient in tribulation; continuing
instant in prayer; Romans 12:12
1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto
the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the
priests of the LORD, were there. 4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered,
he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD
had shut up her womb.
Hannah had a good husband. He
loved her, and tried to keep her from feeling deficient because of her affliction.
The Lord had shut Hannah's womb for His own reason. Elkanah did not know what
the reason was, but he still wanted Hannah to be happy and feel worthy. He
loved her for who she was.
Notice that the Lord does not tell us in this passage why He shut Hannah's womb.
Because Peninnah had children by Elkanah, it was obvious that Hannah was the one
with infertility, but the Lord does not tell us why. There is an
important lesson in this. It is a perilous thing to start speculating as to why
certain things happen to people the way they do. Why do some people stay single?
Why are some barren? Why does a woman have a miscarriage? Why do people lose children
in death? Why do some lose their spouse? And so many, many more questions.
it is God's decision. Elkanah did not despise his wife because of God's choice
for her, and it behooves us as the children of God to practice this toward our
fellow saints. We ought to desire for them to be content in their lot in
life. We should not be judging them nor trying to "help" them figure
out what is "wrong."
1Peter 3:8 Finally,
be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing
for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called,
that ye should inherit a blessing.
We should have compassion
one of another. We should show love for, Love worketh no
ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans
13:10 We should be pitiful - that is to say, full of pity. We should be
courteous. As a friend of ours pointed out recently, "We're supposed to speak
the truth in love, but sometimes the truth isn't loving." In that case we
should hold our tongues - not say anything.
I have seen cases of
bareness where a mother or mother-in-law was absolutely convinced that the barren
young wife in question would have a baby. Rather than encouraging her to accept
GOD'S WILL, she may be constantly telling her, "Oh, you're going to have
babies! Don't give up! I'm praying for you to have children!" Perhaps she
even offers suggestions of various natural and medical treatments that might "cure"
the problem. Ironically, you will sometimes hear these same people say, "It
is God that opens and closes the womb." My questions to them are, "If
you believe that, why do you insist so vehemently that a barren woman you know
WILL and MUST have children? If God closed the womb, why are you insisting that
He open it to satisfy your demands?" Hello?
The problem probably goes
back to the misinterpretation of Psalm 127:3 Lo, children
are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
This verse was written in light of the Deuteronomy 7:12-14 (quoted above) and
was under the Mosaic covenant. It is the promise of fruitfulness to Israel
as Israel, not to the New Testament church. Sadly, many people feel obligated to drag this
verse up into the church era and apply it haphazardly to one and all.
If they really believed that God opens and closes the womb, they would not be
nagging and offering false hope to these poor young ladies who are barren. They
would instead be encouraging them to rest in the Lord and His wisdom for their
lives. The would be building them up in the faith of the Son of God instead of
the faith that they will have children.
Ultimately they are being
very discourteous to the barren woman by claiming things for her that God has
not promised. Some would probably jump right back with the answer, "Well,
I have the faith that God will answer my prayers for her!" To which we should
reply, Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy
is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. Romans
14:22 Has it ever crossed your mind, ma'am, that you are keeping the poor
woman in a state of discontent and misery? Why don't you try supporting
her in her sorrows by encouraging her to be content in the state she is
in (Philp. 4:11), which is childless? Why don't you stop insisting that she believe you
when you say "You will have children"? Are you God? Can you open her womb?
What if the Lord has a purpose for keeping her barren for His glory or for the
good of her and her husband? Do you really
believe Romans 8:28? Hmmmm.
1Peter 3:9 Not
rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing
that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
the other side of the issue though, it is important for those who are treated
thus not to "return in kind." Because your mother or some other woman
is nagging you and refuses to accept that you are barren, that does not mean you
should become ornery with them. In spite of their attitude, you should bless them. Our rewards are spiritual in the church era. You will inherit a blessing,
whether you have children or not, if you follow the Lord's will in this verse.
He has promised you that, though He has not promised you children.
1:6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the
LORD had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to
the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
Peninnah provoked Hannah because she was childless. The world,
the flesh and devil will provoke us over things that the Lord withholds from us.
They will try to make us fret on purpose! They may even throw it in our faces
that it is the Lord who did this to us. The temptation will then be to turn against
the Lord and blame Him.
Notice that the time that should have been
the most spiritual blessing to Hannah was apparently when her adversary attacked
the most viciously. Peninnah was determined to destroy her joy in the Lord and
her appreciation for the kindness of her husband. There are many ugly
motivations that could have been behind this, but the point is the
results - it destroyed Hannah's joy.
So it will be
with us. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished
in your brethren that are in the world. Our adversaries, will do all they
can to make us miserable at a time when we should be the most joyful.
When they know that we are susceptible to depression or anxiety (or any
mental/emotional difficulty), that will be the target for which they
aim. Peninnah wanted Hannah
to fret and be miserable. This is not always true of those who provoke us, but
in some cases it surely is.
The devil will use your kids,
family, spouse, and much more to destroy your joy and increase your
depression, or to cause it just when you should be rejoicing or
receiving a blessing. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
One of the things I and others have found very helpful at such times
is to deliberately take the whole armour of God every morning, and even again
every evening if necessary. Simply go down through the list and "put on"
each item. Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole
armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done
all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and
having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet
of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
the three "symptoms" that come up here. Hannah fretted, she wept and
she would not eat. These are all things that go with depression, anxiety, eating
disorders, and other such like. Physical symptoms are very much a part of life
when one is afflicted with depression or anxiety.
Notice also here
that Hannah apparently did not render evil for evil. As mentioned already, this
is so important when we are not understood the way God has made us or allowed
us to be (regardless of the type of affliction). We cannot allow ourselves to
respond with malice because someone does not see that a Christian can "have
that kind of problem." Not only is it necessary to be in obedience to God's
word that we might inherit a blessing, but also it is good for our conscience.
Those who have suffered from real depression and anxiety will know what I mean
when I say that. The guilt factor is often one of the overwhelming problems for
the Christian struggling with these difficulties. By following God's word, and
Hannah's example, we may avoid further guilt and misery by refraining ourselves
from wrath when Christians say brutal and unkind things. They do not understand.
Our best example in this, of course, is Christ Jesus Himself, Who opened not his
mouth before His shearers (Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth...), and who prayed from
the very cross, ...Father, forgive them; for they know not
what they do... Luke 23:34
1:8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest
thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten
Elkanah was distressed at Hannah's depression. He could
not understand why he could not make her happy. He tried to encourage her, but
he did not understand why she was not content with just him, though he was so very
good to her.
This can be a common problem in loving families when
one member is suffering from depression. It disrupts marriage and family
relationships. It can strain people's feelings and make them question the sufferer
as well as themselves.
If you have a family member who is afflicted
by depression, anxiety, etc.; please try to be patient and kind with them. A quiet,
supportive attitude can be so much more helpful than a nagging "get over
it" attitude. Nagging them to "stop worrying" and "snap out
of it" is not going to solve the problem. I don't care what you think.
Until a person has suffered from themselves, or been very close to someone
who has, it is hard to imagine how it can so completely engulf and overwhelm a
life. Proverbs 14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness...
I have read comments on the internet that are so totally unfeeling and unsympathetic
that it is amazing and it hurts my heart. Obviously these people have no clue.
Sadly, we find this
attitude among Christians, though it is not biblical, as we saw in 1 Peter
3:8-9. Christian friend, when you display this attitude you may be tempting the
suffering person to turn inward and hide their struggle. This is far more dangerous
than you can imagine. There was an evangelist who committed suicide not many years
ago. One lady I know, who has also suffered from depressio, said, "I think a lot of well-meaning Christians put
the gun to his head." Be ware. More important - be like your Master, who
is full of compassion and tender mercies.
30 tells us, 15 ...There are three things that
are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:
16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water;
and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
Hannah probably felt
like a failure because she couldn't produce any children for this good husband
of hers. Guilt plays a major role in these problems. Too often there is a real
or imagined guilt or insufficiency that causes the afflicted to condemn themselves
or torment themselves. Where there has been sin, God is able to
forgive. But, too often it is an
artificial, man-made guilt that has nothing to do with reality as God
Please note that Hannah did not argue with Elkanah when he said he
was better to her than ten sons. He had been good to her and she knew
it. But, in her unhappiness and discontent as a barren woman, he was not
as good to her as ten sons. Nothing could ever satisfy that in the
But, as Christians we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of
God, and Jesus Christ should be so much more to us than ten sons! We can
learn like Paul did to be content in whatever state God wants us in
through the strength of Christ. Philippians
4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how
to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I
am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to
suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now
Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
does not specifically say that Hannah ate, but at least she made an effort to participate in
what was undoubtedly the most important family event of the year. This must have
been a tremendously difficult thing for her to face each year.
small lesson here is that those who suffer from the afflictions of the mind should
make an effort to do things that please their loved ones. It may not always be
easy, and we may not be able to always appear to enjoy things, but at least make
an effort. It's a place to start toward recovery.
I know a pastor's
wife who suffered from depression for years. Her husband would never allow her
to miss a church meeting unless she was really sick. If she was "just" overcome
with the emotions of the depression, he would make her go. I think once he had
to literally drag her to the meeting. This was not heartless domineering as some
might mistake it. He knew that she was very prone to guilt and that if she missed
church for that reason she would be extremely guilty and miserable over it later.
She eventually came to be very thankful that he had dealt thus with her. Yet even so, she
understands that there are times when some people just cannot make it to church
meetings because of their depression or anxiety or such like. She understands
that for her that was an important thing because of her huge guilt, whereas for
others sometimes it is just not possible. This may apply to other events and areas
of life as well.
One thing to ask yourself: If I don't do this, or
don't participate in this, will I be worse off later because of the guilt?"
If the answer is "yes" you better try to make an effort to do the
thing or participate. Also, know that doing something to please
someone you love will bring its reward and element of comfort.
1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept
sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look
on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid,
but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD
all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
Hannah decided to do something drastic about her problem. Apparently she had
not done this before. She entreated the Lord and make a vow to Him. (This is an
Old Testament, Jewish practice which is not in use during the church era.)
...by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Prv. 15:13
in v. 10 that she was in bitterness of soul. But, what did she do? She prayed
unto the Lord and wept sore to Him. These are sacrifices God will not despise.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Though the
Lord may not answer us right away, He does hear and He will answer in His time
and way. Remember that Hannah had been suffering under this burden for years,
though we are not told exactly how long.
I think for many who have
suffered from anxiety or depression, and other mental or emotional difficulties,
there comes a turning point or crisis when we realize something has to be done
about it. This may come after a "breaking point" when we totally
to the affliction, or it may come at some personal crisis like Hannah's. Some are not actually
able to do anything about this themselves and will need the help of others to
begin the recovery. Others, like Hannah, find sufficient help from seeking the Lord.
(I say this because, contrary to what some Christians believe, Some people need
medication or some other external source to aid them in recovery. Some do not.
The need of the situation has to be judged according to the depth of the individual
1Samuel 1:12 And it came to
pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not
heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How
long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
Eli, the high priest, totally misjudged Hannah here. His immediate supposition
is that she was wicked and needed to repent. Without seeking further knowledge
of the situation he rebuked her rather forcefully.
Someone is going
to misunderstand each one of us at some point too. More often than not, it will probably be the "spiritual"
people in our lives - the pastor or his wife, parents, siblings or spouses, a
leader in the assembly or someone who thinks they are very "spiritual"
and wise. It may be that the very ones who should be ministering to us will misjudge
and make false accusations. They will assume we are "not right with God"
and have "something to take care of" which we are hiding from others.
(We will discuss those who suffer depression and like afflictions due to sin elsewhere
on the depression page.)
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit:
I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before
the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the
abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
did not accept the accusation. She was not rude, but she explained the condition
of her sorrowful spirit, though she didn't go into detail or tell exactly why.
(Some will understand why you are sorrowful about the thing that bothers you and
some will not.) There is a time to reject accusations, even the accusations of
our own hearts - 1John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us,
God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart
condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we
ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things
that are pleasing in his sight. This because sometimes our own treacherous hearts
will condemn us even when we are striving to do those things that are pleasing
Hannah had poured out her her soul before the Lord and spoken
to Him out of the abundance of her complaint. and grief. This is a description
of a soul in deep distress. Those of us who have suffered these things will easily
recognize that feeling. There is a time to pour out your complaint before the
Lord. The title of Psalm 102 says, A
Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint
before the LORD. And David cries out in Psalm 142,
1 I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make
my supplication. 2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my
trouble. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path...
People make much sometimes about not complaining, and certainly it is not
a desirable habit of life. However, the Lord accepts the complaint of the overwhelmed
and miserable spirit. And, after all, perhaps we are safer laying them there than
anywhere else, for He understands the true depth or our suffering and is full of
compassion and mercy! Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art
a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy
and truth. And remember, He is greater than our heart.
1:17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee
thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine handmaid
find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance
was no more sad.
everyone will be as quick to sympathize and accept the explanation as
Eli was. Sorry to say, there are believers who apply the N.T.
admonitions to rejoice, and so forth, with an almost brutal attitude.
People have suffered from depression, anxiety and similar afflictions
for long centuries (Job is a very ancient book). At times, the "treatments" of such troubles were revolting and cruel,
but sometimes I wonder if the less extreme situations were accepted more as a
matter of course than they are now. In other words, perhaps in the past some Christians
accepted the fact that some people were afflicted by mental and emotional agony,
rather than viewing it as a great spiritual deficiency. Perhaps melancholy personalities
were accepted as normal to some extent, though not understood. Of course, extreme
cases have always been frightening and therefore "taboo." In our "don't
worry, be happy" modern day culture sorrow, weeping, a broken spirit, real
depression (not just "blue days"), anxiety and like things are viewed
as weakness. Some of these are weakness - but no more than heart disease or
a bad back or chronic headaches. It is all the result of Adam's sin and the consequent
degeneration of the human race. Who despises someone for having allergies? Only
an idiot. And yet, too many believers despise their brothers and sisters in
Christ for suffering
from the mental/emotional afflictions. This ought not be.
not have even known that he was speaking a prophecy here, but he was nevertheless.
As the high priest, God reserved the right to use him thus (John 11:51). Hannah
believed him and acted upon it. she showed her confidence that God would answer
according as she was told. She ate again and her countenance was no more sad.
What a sweet testimony to her faith in the Lord. She knew she had her answer,
and she took it by faith (Heb. 11:1).
God answered her prayer - probably
one of many prayers. However, she waited long and sorrowed much before she got
her original desire. For a barren woman even a few years is a long wait, partly because
she is reminded every month of her inability to conceive. The Lord blessed her
not only with Samuel, but also by giving her other children as well (1Sam. 2:21),
thus doing exceeding abundantly above what she asked of thought, Eph. 3:20.
we do not get revelations like Hannah's now that we have the completed scripture,
Jesus Christ has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us, Heb. 13:5.
1John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know
that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we
desired of him. Yes, there are times He says "No" or "Wait",
but we know that he hears anything we ask according to his will. And anything
His will allows or refuses, He will give us strength to bear, for all power is
given unto Him, Matt. 28:18.
1:27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked
of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he
shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
recognized the Lord as the One who answered her request and enabled her to have
a son. In the next chapter she glorified the Lord and gave him the glory due unto
His name (Ps. 96:8-9). She also kept her vow. She gave Samuel to the Lord. She
gave his entire life, not just part of it.
When the Lord has mercy
on us and delivers us from some affliction or answers some heartfelt petition,
we ought to praise Him and give Him the glory. We ought also to give Him
the fruit that follows. If you are granted a child, as Hannah was, or
healed of cancer or some other illness; if you are granted a request, a
family member's life or health is spared, the Lord gives you a husband, you former spouse dies so
you are free to marry again, you are delivered from a family obligation that was
destroying your life, you are permitted to be a stay-at-home wife/mom - whatever
it is - give the fruit to the Lord. Whether it is strength, health, life, home,
time, family, or something else, give it to God to use for His glory. Anyone who
has been through a long or recurring depression (like Hannah's or worse) knows
what a blessing the deliverance finally is. Because of her great love for the
Lord, her thankfulness and honor, she was able to take the object that was the
answer to her prayers and give him wholly to God! What a tremendous
example this is to us of a living sacrifice. Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
1Samuel 2:20 And
Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman
for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home. 21
And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two
daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.
it appears that the other children did not come until after Elkanah and Hannah
left Samuel at Shiloh (which would make sense because of when she weaned him).
Hannah did not know if she would have any more children. Some women only
have one. But, she knew she could trust the Lord. He had removed her reproach
delivering her from her adversary and the source of her depression. And, she rejoiced
in time to come, Prv. 31:25, for God raised up Samuel to be a great prophet and
faithful priest. He was one of the most righteous men that ever lived according
to Ezekiel 14:14, 16 and 18.
8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that
justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died,
yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also
maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness,
or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things
we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded,
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
Regardless of how we feel, regardless of what others
say, regardless of how long we wait - we are more than conquerors through Christ.
And, NOTHING - not tribulation (depression, etc.), distress, things present, things
to come, depth, nor any creature (human or devil) - can separate us from the love
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord! Whether we find our peace and deliverance
in this life or in the life to come, as children of God we will be delivered.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed
2Corinthaisns 4:15 For all things
are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving
of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though
our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For
our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are
seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are
temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.