Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that can not be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise. — C.S. Lewis
In January of this year, I woke up one morning with a heavy spirit; a very dark and foreboding feeling. As I talked to God, I wondered if this is how people feel before taking their own lives; sad, depressed, forlorn, hopeless and filled with dread?
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes a heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
We seek to find hope and fulfillment in venues that can’t supply them to us like other people, (spouses, boyfriends, children, parents, best friends) places ( a home, vacation, a new office )and things. ( more money, perfect job, new furniture, gods) Maybe you’re trying to find it by keeping too busy. These only give us a sense of false hope because the only true hope comes from the Lord.
Isaiah 40:31 tells us that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength and Psalm 62:5 says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
There’s nothing wrong with having things and people in our lives. God himself put them there, but they were never meant for us to find our hope and fulfillment in. If we do seek to find hope in people and things, we will always come up empty and unfulfilled. People will always let us down because none of us are perfect. We weren’t meant to fill that empty space that only God can fill or expect others to fill it in us.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The night before I woke up with the heavy feeling, I had watched a show on Netflix. It was about afterlife and other dimensions of life. It made me grieve for all the people who desperately ‘need’ these things to be true … because ‘anywhere’ is better than here and now. It must grieve Jesus’ heart too because he offers these thing. He is the only way to afterlife and the only other dimension, which is heaven. He sees as people struggle with these hopeless, dark, heavy feelings but still choose not to come to Him.
John 10:10 tells us that the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give life and give it more abundantly.
The enemy is the one who will bring false hope into our lives because he knows it isn’t real and it will destroy us if we don’t discover the true hope (Jesus) and then allow him to have his way in our lives. Jesus doesn’t just give us hope. He ‘is’ our hope.
Heaven is a very real place where God abides and is delighted when we put our trust in Him. (Psalm 147:11)
In John 14:12 Jesus declares, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
Revelations 7:17 pronounces, ‘… he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Zephaniah 3:17 oozes God’s love for us! It says,”The lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult (rejoice, cheer, celebrate) over you with loud singing.”
Can you just imagine God celebrating over you at all, little alone with loud singing?! It’s just one perfect picture of his love for us.
In John 14:6 Jesus declares this truth, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through Me.”
The only other dimension even worth pursuing is heaven and the only way there is through Jesus.
What about you? Are you struggling with hopelessness? Do you feel like no matter what you do, it’s of no use? Do you think the answer lies in the afterlife or another dimension and you just want to go there? Please, I implore you not to give up! Jesus is with you! He desires to have a relationship with you and give you the hope you are seeking. He desires to give you living waters of joy, peace and contentment and to heal your hurts. Cry out to him. Confess your thoughts, feelings and confusion to him. Be honest with him. If you don’t understand, tell him you don’t understand. He sees your heart and wants to reveal the truth to you and set you free from hopelessness.
If you’ve never accepted Jesus as your Savior, will you pray this prayer with us today? “Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins and turn from doing things my own way. I surrender my heart to You and ask You to come live inside me. I make You my Lord and Savior! I believe that You died for me on the cross so that I can live with You forever in Heaven. Baptize me with Your Holy Spirit. I receive Your forgiveness Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.”
If you’ve had thoughts of suicide, don’t try to go on by yourself. Call someone you trust, call a professional, call a church, call a suicide hot line ( 1-800-273-8255 ), go to the emergency room of the hospital … even if it feels like no one listens or understands.
We would love to pray for you here as well.
Maybe you know Jesus but you still feel hopeless. Depression often involves a chemical imbalance that needs to be addressed medically. A network of support is necessary. Your network could include a physician, counselor, pastor, others who suffer from depression as well, and close friends who love and accept you as you are.
Maybe you don’t suffer from depression yourself, but you know people who do. It’s important that we become good listeners without correcting or fixing, or even making suggestions. If it’s someone close to us, it’s imperative that we don’t take it personal. We need to listen with empathy. Empathy speaks love and acceptance when someone desperately needs it.
Sweet heavenly Father, I pray your protection on those who have reached the place of hopelessness and those who suffer from depression. I ask that you be close to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit and shine your light into the dark hurting places of their hearts where darkness cannot overcome it. Help those who don’t suffer from depression to listen with empathy and to love and accept as you and Jesus do. In Jesus name. Amen
Right now, imagine God celebrating over you with loud singing. How does it make you feel? What could you do to help someone who is fighting with depression? Share with us, we would love to hear from you.