“This is my prayer: that your love may abound… in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”Philippians 1:9-10
Our ultimate hope is a heavenly one, but we also have reason to hope this side of glory. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he rejoices over their growth in the gospel (and prays for more!). If you struggle with depression, you may have painful memories, struggles in the present, and dread for the future. It can be hard to see the beauty of God’s work in each phase of life.
I often ask soldiers who come into my office to think about the future, to help them envision what is ahead with Christ’s healing. It could look like affection in a mature marriage, gentle correction of children and their subsequent growth, prayers around the dinner table, or sharing a church pew with the family. These are very reasonable hopes for those carried by Christ in this life!
These pictures need not be presumptuous upon God’s grace. Our God does not promise us an endless line of gifts in this life, but He does promise growth. Christ not only gets the final word over depression in glory, but He gets it in this life as well.
“He has chosen not to heal me but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer his embrace.” (Joni Eareckson Tada, 2010)
Bible In A Year
- Job 29-30
- Psalm 56
- Luke 19