Friday, September 5, 2014

Do You Know the Most Depressing Verses in the Bible?


There are some really depressing verses in the Bible.  Then there is the entire book of Job that can make your mind spin.  But I believe I have found the most depressing set of verses there is. 

Prepare to feel hopeless.
14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

These eleven dismal verses are brought to you by Paul, found in Romans 7 (NLT). 

If the man who wrote almost 50% of the New Testament feels this way, where does this leave me?

I can relate so well to these verses.  I really, really want to do the right thing.  I deeply desire to have a servant love.  I want to have patience with my children and those around me.  I long to have self-control.

But, I can't.  

And if I stop there, I have every reason to be depressed.  If I stop there, I have every reason to wallow in my sin. 

But Paul doesn't stop there.  Go back up to the scripture passage and read the final verse again.  The one that ends with a question mark.

Notice that he doesn't say "What will free me?".  Paul says "Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?".  He continues the chapter with one of the most exhilarating verses in the Bible. 
25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Jesus Christ is the answer to our sin problem.  It isn't about doing more or trying harder.  The only answer to the "miserable" people that we are is Jesus Christ. 

Are you stuck in a cycle of sin and unable to get out?  Jesus is the answer. 
Are you looking for wisdom?  Jesus is the answer.
Are you desperate for peace?  Jesus is the answer. 

I don't answer these questions frivolously.  It is true.  You can read more self-help books, exercise more, change jobs, or devise a plan.  But, nothing is going to fill the hole in your life.  Only the person of Jesus Christ can transform your life.  And only He can turn the most depressing Bible verses into pure joy.

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  1. Just happened to stumble on this page from a facebook post. Thank you for sharing!


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