by Dudley Anderson
2/08/2013 / Devotionals
The e-Devotional helping to keep you on-track
Dear God Tracker
God-Tracking Knows God's Presence During Dark Seasons Of Questioning.
One of England's finest preachers, C.H. Spurgeon often endured bouts of severe depression throughout his ministry. This was due in part to gout but also for other reasons. In a biography of the "prince of preachers", Arnold Dallimore wrote, "What he suffered in those times of darkness we may not know... 'There are dungeons', he said, 'beneath the castles of despair.'" If even a great man of God like Spurgeon endured dark seasons then I know there's hope for the rest of us.
Often we as Christians turn a brave face to the world pretending everything is alright when we're actually churning with depression inside. Psychologists will tell us that there are many causes for depression from chemical imbalance in our bodies to the results of bereavement. Don't know about you but I often find myself asking God deep-life questions during times of darkness, like Spurgeon but somehow he remains silent. However, as Ravi Zacharias once said, "Having the answers is not essential to living. What is essential is the sense of God's presence during dark seasons of questioning."
Do you feel as though you're going through a dark season of questioning at the moment? Are you enduring unreasonable depression or simply feeling down in the mouth? Well then, let me encourage you and me alike to take our eyes off of the source of our questioning and dwell rather on the mere fact of God's presence. God's word and his Spirit (his presence) always work together and his word reminds us that we will indeed go through many times of trial, which may lead to depression. However, when we do go through dark waters and the fierce flames we will come out the other side unscathed if we remember that he is always with us through it all.
God-tracking knows God's presence during dark seasons of questioning.
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Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Resident in the UK, he currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also senior leader and pastor of a church in the British West Midlands called, Cornerstone Family Church and a radio broadcaster.
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