Dealing with Dejection
Dejection—depression, as we talked about yesterday—can wring you out, leaving you tired, emotionally fatigued, or even numb. Why? Because dejection is the opposite of joy, and it drains your strength.
Maybe writing out the list of things that has caused you to feel so low has brought even greater depression. I can understand that because all you have looked at thus far is the problem and not the solution. Today, we are going to look at the solution. However, before we do, there are two scriptures I want you to look up and think about.
- The first is [esvignore]Nehemiah 8[/esvignore], which you need to read. As you get ready to read, let me tell you a few things that will put you into the context of this chapter. This event took place after a remnant of Jews returned to Jerusalem following the Babylonian invasion. The invasion, which occurred around 586 b.c., was God’s doing. God had to judge His people. They had forsaken Him, stopped up their ears, and refused to obey the Word of the Lord. This captivity lasted for 70 years until Cyrus, a Persian king, signed a decree allowing the Jews to return to their land. When they returned, as recorded in the book of Ezra, they rebuilt the temple; and then under the leadership of Nehemiah, they rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15). Now we come to chapter 8; the people have gathered together as one man before the Water Gate.
a. List the flow of events in this chapter.
b. Why were the people dejected?
c. What was Nehemiah’s response to this?
d. How could you apply what happened to your own life?
- Next look up Isaiah 61:3 and record what you learn that can help you when you are dejected.
- Now I have come to the two things I mentioned yesterday that you need to do.
a. What do you know of the promises of God that would fit each situation you have listed? Write that promise out next to the thing that brought you low. Or if you don’t know a promise, then record what you know about the character or power of God that can handle the reason for your dejection. This is the first of the two things you need to do.
b. The second is then to go down the list one by one and talk to the Lord about each thing you have written out. As you pray, tell the Lord you choose to walk by faith and not by feeling. Remember that this is your opportunity to switch over from feeling to faith—to make the switch before there’s a collision and you’re left lying in despair.
This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.
Why not study the whole book of Nehemiah? Precept has several studies to choose from.