Sunday, December 14, 2008

Advent Reflections

December 14th

“He shall be called Wonderful Counselor…” Isaiah 9:6

In our modern world there are many ways to deal with depression. We see commercials for new anti-depressants often. These drugs can be wonderful tools. After the birth of my fifth baby I experienced post partum depression. The medication I was prescribed helped me feel better within 2 weeks. God can use a variety of methods to help us through difficult valleys in our lives.
Part of dealing with depression is facing the source of it. I believe the underlying cause of depression is brokenness. When we break a physical bone in our bodies, we go directly to a hospital and have it set so it can heal. When we experience an emotional break our response is often to ignore it and move on. Unfortunately this unattended break festers deep within. It surfaces in our daily lives as depression and anxiety.
In Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is called Wonderful Counselor. Who is better able to reveal the source of our brokenness than the one who took it on Himself on the cross? The process of allowing Jesus to set the break can seem more painful than the break itself. However with God’s counsel comes true and lasting healing.
Trust God today to do a deep work in your heart.

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