Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains… Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. — Psalm 107:10, Psalm 107:13-16
I can remember a time when I felt like I was sitting in utter darkness, almost like the bottom of a deep well. Because of recent events in my life, I felt like I had been abandoned, left alone to deal with my emotions and the turmoil in my life. Depression can feel like chains.
A dear friend suggested that I should attend Women’s Bible Study Fellowship, and reluctantly, I did. BSF is an intense time of study, worship and fellowship. I didn’t feel that I was up to the task of studying and working so hard in a time when I felt drained of energy. What I discovered is what the Psalmist is singing about. God will break your chains and set you free from the things that bind you when you cry out to Him. In reading His Word, devoting my attention to Him daily, I found strength, purpose, and peace. I found peace for the things that hurt me so deeply.
Dear friend, I opened my eyes and my heart to God. I wasn’t alone in that utterly dark place. I hope that you, too, will read God’s word and devote yourself to Him. Truly, He can break your chains and give you His strength. His love is unfailing, and He has a wonderful plan for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11