David Jeremiah Daily Devotional February 4 2022 :
I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
Recommended Reading: Philippians 2:8-10
Charles Spurgeon is remembered as one of history’s greatest preachers but is less well-known for his bouts of depression and self-doubt. His anxiety reached a peak when several people were killed and many more were injured when a false warning of “Fire!” caused an audience of thousands to stampede. Many in the press blamed Spurgeon. He wept for days after the tragedy.
The Bible passage that comforted Spurgeon most during his bouts of despair was Philippians 2:8-10—Paul’s teaching that Jesus humbled Himself to die on the cross but was then exalted by God. Spurgeon kept reminding himself that, no matter what troubles or humiliation find us in this life, Christians are part of a story of victory. Spurgeon is also remembered for his empathy and compassion toward others who suffered emotional distress. He taught that there is no shame in trials; there is victory in the One who overcame trials of His own and promises us the same.
Take comfort today that Jesus was humbled but was then exalted. And all who follow Him will likewise be loved and cared for now and eternally.
Do not, therefore, think that you are quite alone in your sorrow.