A Worthy Friend
Job's young friend Elihu noted how God can help one who is in this condition: "If an angel from heaven appears-a special messenger to intercede for a person and declare that he is upright-he will be gracious and say, 'Rescue him from the grave, for I have found a ransom for his life.' Then his body will become as healthy as a child's, firm and youthful again. When he prays to God, he will be accepted. And God will receive him with joy and restore him to good standing. He will declare to his friends, 'I sinned and twisted the truth, but it was not worth it. God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light.' Yes, God does these things again and again for people. He rescues them from the grave so they may enjoy the light of life" (Job 33:23-30).
When we are so drugged and/or depressed that we can't function, we have a friend to intercede for us before God. He made himself our substitute so that we don't have to die when life becomes overwhelming. God is in the business of restoring health to our bodies, reviving our darkened spiritual lives, renewing prayer, restoring us to our jobs, and making it so that we can face the light of day. When we're in the pit of depression we can be assured that God can bring us out because he has successfully done it for many others.
God is in the business of restoring lives, and he starts right where we are.
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