After posting part 1, I felt I was not fit for posting Part 2; I was suffering from what Jonah suffered from, and I hadn’t yet come out of it!
How could I have offered a solution to a problem that I couldn’t find a solution for?!
Thank God I’m out of it now .. and I think the two main things that God led me to do were:
1. Giving thanks for Everything
St. Paul in his epistle to the Philippians says:
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! … Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
God through Paul tells us that in the midst of troubles, we should give thanks. Giving thanks to God in the midst of problems is the best proof of our faith that He will get us out of it! And since we have the faith that God will get us out of it, then why are we living misery, we should rejoice!
It seems difficult, God knows that, that’s why He said we need prayers and supplications!
2. Thinking more about others
I have to thank Debbie Feller for sharing her experience of how she met Jesus, who got her out of her depression and saved her after several trials to commit suicide. Her advice was that a person should think less about himself/herself and think more about others.
In this point I will not quote a Bible verse, but I will ask you to contemplate on the following:
- What if Jonah had thought less about himself, and had thought more about the people God wanted to save?
- What if Jesus had thought more about Himself, and had thought less about the people He wanted to save?
- What if you think less about yourself, and think more about the people God wants to save?
It doesn’t have to be that your troubles are the reason for others to be saved in the present, but may be in the future. Or it may be simply that God wants you to lose some pride and/or gain more faith.
I’ll be more than happy to read your comments, also how you believe “thinking more about others” could help you out of your low state!
- Is It Right For You To Be Angry? (Part 1) (mikeazer.wordpress.com)
- Peace that Surpasses Understanding (compassiondave.wordpress.com)