Proverbs 5:14 “I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.”
Those struggling with depression will tell you that it feels as if they have no strength to rise above the situations and circumstances that have pulled them down mentally, physically, and emotionally.
In our churches today, there are those, like the writer of Proverbs, who may feel they are in the right place, but still cannot rise above the evil surrounding them.
The psalmist, Asaph, writes:
Psalm 73:3 “For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
We, like Asaph, can see the evil around us rising, gaining strength, and seemingly prospering. We can compare (unwise choice) our lot with theirs and feel like God hasn’t blessed us like those we see in the world.
Psalm 73:4-5 “For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.”
Our enemy, Satan, tries to blind us from seeing the hand of God everywhere. He gets us to focus on our problems, situations, and circumstances instead of His divine work in our lives.
When we are closed off to the hand that can lift us out of the turbulent sea of trouble, we feel as if we’ve been left alone to fend for ourselves.
Psalm 73:13-14 “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.”
When our soul and spirit take a continual beating, we grow weary and want to give in and quit. We may know the verses to encourage ourselves, but at times, they don’t seem to help.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
So, what do we do when we have already fainted or fell by the wayside?
Here, Proverbs’ writer tells us that he was in the right place but still could not seem to be rid of the evil that clung to him. Throughout the Book of Proverbs, David and Solomon reveal that it is not something to be done outwardly that will save us, but it is a matter of the heart.
Asaph tells us of his revelation:
Psalm 73:16-17 “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”
Sin, our sin, clogs the flow of God’s working in and through us. When we take care of that, we can begin to experience the Holy Spirit’s presence and working.
We must place a high value on our inner holiness and our close, personal relationship with the Father. Keeping our heart with all diligence, as David tells us, can prevent any venturing into unchartered waters that may overwhelm us when the storm comes.
Take heart, child of God. We have not been left to fend for ourselves; God will never leave us nor forsake us. He has promised to continue the work He began and will it through to completion.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”