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Today is my favorite Oswald Chambers excerpt:

February 7: Spiritual Dejection

"We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened." —Luke 24:21

Every fact that the disciples stated was right, but the conclusions they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that has even a hint of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If I am depressed or burdened, I am to blame, not God or anyone else. Dejection stems from one of two sources—I have either satisfied a lust or I have not had it satisfied. In either case, dejection is the result. Lust means "I must have it at once." Spiritual lust causes me to demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Himself who gives the answer. What have I been hoping or trusting God would do? Is today "the third day" and He has still not done what I expected? Am I therefore justified in being dejected and in blaming God? Whenever we insist that God should give us an answer to prayer we are off track. The purpose of prayer is that we get ahold of God, not of the answer. It is impossible to be well physically and to be dejected, because dejection is a sign of sickness. This is also true spiritually. Dejection spiritually is wrong, and we are always to blame for it.

We look for visions from heaven and for earth-shaking events to see God’s power. Even the fact that we are dejected is proof that we do this. Yet we never realize that all the time God is at work in our everyday events and in the people around us. If we will only obey, and do the task that He has placed closest to us, we will see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ.


That last paragraph is well-written and something every Christian should read at least once in their lives. Thanks for sharing!!
I know! Isn't it awesome? :)
I have mixed feelings about this -- because while it is theoretically encouraging, I can also see it being taken as "You bad person! Depression is a SIN!" (Whap! Whap! Whap!) I know he's talking about "dejection" and not "depression" but they are similar enough.

And I am also sick and tired of these holier-than-thou commentators who use 20/20 hindsight to declare various biblical figures "wrong" and "shortsighted" etc etc. I'd rather be encouraged by the fact that these are real people rather than plaster saints.

Dagnabbit, they were only human, and so are we!
Yes, I'm very glad that God told his story with people who made mistakes--BIG ones. Did you ever notice that in the lineage of Jesus, of the three women in it, two of them were prostitutes at some point in their lives? Most peoples will excise the bits of their rulers' lives that are less than stellar, but the Jewish people recorded every foible: King David committed adultery and neglected his family. It's there, in black-and-white. The story is really about God, anyhow, not about us.

I get dejected about things, I definitely do. Then He asks, "Are you trusting Me?" and I realize I'm not...and in despairing, I'm doing more than feeling bad for myself--I'm also insulting Him.

But I take great comfort in the fact that even though I am dust, He loves me and rejoices over me. :)