My grandson just turned 4 last Sunday and started to preschool on Monday, after having spent
the summer with me. Monday night he fell in the tub and hit his chin on the faucet.
My daughter wrapped her crying child in a towel and held him until he calmed down, then he
sniffed and asked, "Mommy, do I have to go to school tomorrow?"
Genesis 37:34 "And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for
his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he
refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning.
Thus his father wept for him."
When Jacob's sons came and told him Joseph was surely slain by a beast, he refused to be comforted by his other children but I'm sure he turned to God for comfort. I can't imagine losing a child and not knowing God; not having him to turn to. When David's infant son was stricken sick by the Lord, he fasted and prayed and refused the comfort of the elders of his house. Yet in Psalms 23:4 he says, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
I Kings 19:3 "And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life;"
When Elijah thought Jezebel was going to have him killed, he was so depressed he sat down under a juniper tree and wanted to die. Jonah did the same thing in Jonah 4:3. He became so angry that the Lord was going to spare the city after he had predicted God would destroy it, he asked Him to just take his life. Depression is a terrible state of mind and many things can set it off. We can become depressed after losing a loved one, after being rejected by someone we care about, from being made fun of or mocked by others, from losing a job or a promotion, from being alone, from illness and even from not liking our surroundings or the situation we live in. Whether you are depressed because of these or other reasons or from just falling down, God will pick you up and comfort you. There are many things we can turn to for comfort like alcohol, drugs, sleep, sex or even food but these things just make our situation worse! When my grandson fell in the tub, he knew he needed comfort and he asked for it. If we run to God for comfort when we are hurting as a small child runs to his parents (or granparents), He will scoop us up and wrap us in his warm loving arms. Don't be afraid to go to your Father for help when you are down. He always welcomes His children with love!
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