A Gloomy View
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The Gloomy View


            Self-pity is not an uncommon experience. Even little things can cause us to feed on our own misery. Perhaps a rainy day, or a repair job on the car will trigger it, and then our spirits sag to the depths of Carlsbad Caverns. And when world affairs seem out of joint, “the spirit of heaviness” has a field day. After all, who can blame a person in times like these for saying with Hamlet, “I have of late, for I know not, lost all my mirth.”

            Centuries before you contacted your case of the blues, Job was affected. Wading through the “slough of despond,” he thought upon his life. It was being spent in hard service upon the earth. He felt like a slave who longed for the shade. There were unending months of emptiness, and nights full of misery. He tossed back and forth upon his bed and couldn’t sleep. Sickness threatened to slay him. His life was passing away like the wind. Up until now he had kept it all bottled up inside. But he couldn’t contain himself any longer. “I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 7:11). Things looked so dark that he said, “My eye will never again see good” (Job 7:7).

            There is no doubt that people sink into a spirit of melancholy more easily when they are physically depleted – worn by sickness or exhausted by mental and physical toil. And to recognize this fact may help to conquer the gloomy view.

            A man’s judgment is not all it should be when he is “down.” And Job was as wrong as any man could be when he thought he would never see another good day. To remember Job just might help you in your present distress. Our answer to trials has always been to turn to God. Jesus said, “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). He can and will lift the burden from your heart.

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