Preacher's Pulpit                     Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Numbers 11:1-15

SUBJ: Depression

Introduction:
Tomorrow morning will see many individuals who are discouraged.

"Blue Monday" is a term used quite frequently, but times of
discouragement are not limited to Mondays!

They can come at any time and can last from just a few hours to months and even years.

From time to time all of us get down, but this is not depression.

(2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV)  "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; {9}Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;"

Depression is ceasing to function in our daily chores and interests.

It is giving up on our responsibilities. Depression results from handling a down period sinfully.

Times of discouragement may be caused by any number of things, but depression comes when we give in to these down feelings.

God does not want us to be "feeling" oriented, but rather "commandment" oriented.

That means we do right whether we "feel" like it or not!

Tonight, I want us to realize that we, as believers, are not immune from times of discouragement, but we can "get out", and "stay out" of times of depression!

We will look at Moses this evening from the Scriptures a man of great faith, and yet he allowed himself to become depressed to the point of wanting to die! That is sinful!

I. MOSES

A. Background first 10 verses of our text (Numbers 11:1-10)

1. He had been used of God to lead the nation of Israel out of bondage.

2. The people knew little else than a life of miracles.

3. They had seen a safe passage through the Red Sea; ate a steady diet of nourishing manna; enjoyed plenty of fresh water; and followed Divine guidance all the way.

4. Still they griped and complained.

5. Their focus was fixed on Egypt and the past rather than the future in the promised land.

6. Moses had listened to their griping and complaining continually, and it had an effect upon him.

B. Depression

1. Spiritually: Moses felt distant from God. v11-13

a. He began to ask God "Why?"

b. He began to complain about the burden that he was under.

c. When we get depressed, it isn't long before we begin to question God.

d. The people were backslidden, and they were beginning to affect Moses.

e. This is a fact. If we find ourselves continually in the company of people who are not right with God it will affect us!

f. Example of Musician in the orchestra: He may have his violin tuned to perfection, but if others are out of tune he will soon begin to think he needs to change. That is why they need a tuning fork...it doesn't change!

2. Emotionally: Moses was trying to carry the burden alone. v14-15

a. He took the situation with the people as one of personal failure.

b. He reached the point where he cried out, "I can't handle this!"

c. He reached the point where death was a welcome relief from all the pressure.

d. He had been faithful and diligent in his leadership, but the people had griped and complained.

e. He lost sight of the truth that God rewards faithfulness not necessarily man's ideas about success.

3. Physically: Moses was exhausted and overworked.

a. He had not learned to delegate his work load.

b. He was trying to carry the weight of everyone else's problems all alone.

c. Moses needed to share the responsibility of dealing with the people.

C. Solution 11:16-17

1. God told Moses to slow down.

2. He said for him to get some help. "...that thou bear it not thyself alone."

3. We need each other! We cannot do it all by ourselves.

CONCLUSION: We need to understand that depression comes when we fail to handle the circumstances of life properly. If we find ourselves caught up in depression:

1. Confess it and ask God's forgiveness.

2. Start assuming responsibilities again, whether we  "feel" like it or not!

3. Refuse to engage in pity parties or to listen others!

We can avoid depression:

1. Carefully schedule our time and tasks to avoid imbalance.

2. Keep our focus upon God and not upon ourselves.

3. Learn to delegate authority and workload, don't try to do it all!

4. Most of all, we must learn to rest in the Lord.

5. All of us get down, but we need not be down and out!

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