Faithful blogging prompt #15 asks "When you are feeling overwhelmed or depressed what bible verses do you refer to?"
I've been thinking about this over the last few weeks, after all it's not as simple as it sounds because there are so many verses to choose from. I think though, after reflection and prayer, that this is the passage which had provided the most comfort to me in my darker day
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I know lots of people hate the idea that God can use our suffering to help others; but for me it has been a very healing experience. To know that I could come through an experience and apply the highs, lows and everything else to supporting others has been empowering and useful as I recovered from depression.
If you look closer at this passage you will also see that it does not refer to God using your suffering itself; on the contrary it talks about God comforting us so that we know how to comfort others. God never patronises or promises change or ignores or shirks what's real; God is available and supportive and great at listening - the very things we can then use with others.
What do you think about these verses?
Do you have verses that have helped you?