Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

Depression comes in many forms and from many sources.  If you have ever been seriously depressed, you know that it is debilitating and confusing.  At first you might want to cry; but, after a while, you just don’t care anymore.  Even the guilt you feel for not caring seems to just be added to the pile.  Those who are clinically depressed often report that they feel nothing.

Now, I believe that there are physical reasons for some depression and I certainly don’t want to add my support to the “all depression has a spiritual cause” crowd.  But most of the depression I have seen among believers seems to be there because they feel cut off from their life source.  Jesus is our Life, but what do we do when we are separated from Him?

What if God appears to be the source of your problem?  The legalist message presents a God who is angry, disappointed, pushy, and unloving.  Because we always fall short of His desires, He is constantly displeased with us.  At least that’s what the message says.  We hear from the pulpit that we should try harder, that God expects perfection from us.  Try harder, work more, never slack off.  God knows you are a failure and He is always disappointed in your efforts.  That’s what many people hear every Sunday.

Is that your God?  Let me tell you what happens with this kind of thinking.  Not only does it lead to depression, but it takes away the only real help you and I have when we begin to get depressed.  If we can’t go to the Lord, where do we go?

Financial struggles?

God expects perfection, but the kids got no shoes
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

Relationship problems?

God expects perfection, but mama’s got a bruise
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

Tired?

God expects perfection, but you need a snooze
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?
 

Tempted?

God expects perfection, maybe find some booze
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

Afraid?

God expects perfection, you got so much to lose
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

Feel like a failure?

God expects perfection, but your son’s on the news
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

Envious?

God expects perfection, and your sister’s on a cruise
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

Overwhelmed?

God expects perfection, and you got all these do’s
Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

 

You get the picture?  If God is distant, where can you go? 

Listen—God is not distant.  He loves you.  He isn’t disappointed with you.  He knew all about you, what you can do and what you can’t, before He called you to Himself. 

Perfection?  God doesn’t expect you to make yourself perfect.  He doesn’t expect you to live a perfect Christian life.  Instead, He gives you perfection.  He gives you what you need to be spiritually acceptable in His perfect kingdom.  The perfection He gives is the perfection of Christ.  It’s a gift to you, because He loves you.  Your own imperfection is an understood part of the deal. 

Go to Him.  Don’t be afraid.  He will not push you away.  He is not ashamed of you, no matter what you have or haven’t done.  Tell Him what you are thinking and feeling.  He has heard it all before and He cares. 

The liar wants you to be disconnected from the One who loves you.  He tells you a lie to keep you away from the Love.  Don’t listen.  Trust the One who went to the cross for you.  He came for you because you couldn’t come to Him on your own. 

Jesus loves you.  It’s true!

 

(Comments?  Maybe you can add some stanzas!)

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3 responses to “Who ya gonna go to when you got the blues?

  1. Kay

    Dave: I am one of the many who when I spoke of God, I used my ‘pointy’ finger aiming up to symbolize where God is, in my belief system. I’ve known for at least 40 years He was inside me…in my spirit, to guide and give me real life. I just didn’t get it. Months ago, when very ill,
    all alone in my pain, He (my Lord) made it very clear and obvious He was present and that He would never leave me. How could that be? I was so sick, so pained, so alone? He took me back to the fact He was, is and always will be inside my spirit, inside my ‘heart’. I began
    to heal and talk out loud and sing to the Lord. My soul’s depression began to abate and has led to the most healing of mind, emotion, will and body than ever in my long years of being born-again. Why? The root of the healing is that I believed Him. I didn’t know much about how
    faith worked, yet I knew I could believe Him. I didn’t know faith enabled my trust. Thank you,

  2. Kathy F.

    Because of the situation I live in (which I mentioned in another comment a while back) – I’ve experienced a long slide into depression. I can still function, but I’m either crying or angry. My doctor prescribed an anti-depressant yesterday, which I am afraid to take – I had a sleepless night last night struggling with the thought of taking a drug like this. Please pray for me, because I would like to be healed of this depression. It has severely affected everything I do. Thanks so much!

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