In my Our Daily Bread devotional this morning, the writer shared a story about his wife. Apparently, while working at home on her laptop computer, the battery started to die and getting ready to shut down the computer. How odd, seeing that it was plugged in. She traced the cord only to find that the extension cord was actually plugged into itself. I’m not going to get into what kind of working environment that would create that condition :-0 But it does show just how easily and, if you will, incredulously one can get off track and into deep trouble.
When you find someone in deep depression, you will most generally find someone disconnected from God and plugged into themselves. They’ve been running on their own batteries and if the situation doesn’t change or the individual doesn’t seek help they can get perilously close to, if not at, shut down. In hand with that, then, are those who feed their depression and selfishness by draining the batteries of those around them. The commonality is that neither case seeks the unlimited abundant power source of God.
Everyone has their times of overextending, worn down and tired, events and situations that challenge our resources. But it’s the handling of it all that makes the difference. David was frequently getting into situations, some brought on by others, some all on his own. As he writes:
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
God is the source of unlimited strength, and Jesus is the way to the Father. If you’re feeling down, check your power cord, where are you drawing your strength? If you’ve walked away and the Holy Spirit is calling you back or you’ve never experienced a commitment to Jesus, now is the time, He is calling, He is giving you the invitation to strength in these troubled times, and life eternal in Him. Take that time, now, before your batteries go dry and the computer shuts down.