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Are You Sliding into Despair? Bible Shows You Are Not Alone

Devotional inspired by James Dobson: God expects the faithful to live each day with 'less than complete understanding'

One of the country’s leading evangelical leaders shares some comforting words for those in this country who are battling feelings of depression, despair, discouragement and more.

“If you have begun to slide into despair,” writes Dr. James Dobson in a recent blog post, “it is extremely important to take a new look at Scripture and recognize that you are not unique in the trials you face.”

“All of the biblical writers, including the giants of the faith, went through similar hardships,” he also says. “Look at the experience of Joseph, one of the patriarchs of the Old Testament. His entire life was in shambles.”

“He was hated by his brothers who considered killing him before agreeing instead to sell him as a slave. While in Egypt, he was imprisoned, falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife of attempted rape, and threatened with execution.”

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“There is no indication that God explained to Joseph what He was doing through those many years of heartache or how the pieces would eventually fit together. He had no way of knowing that he would eventually enjoy a triumphal reunion with his family.”

“He was expected, as you and I are, to live out his life one day at a time in something less than complete understanding.”

“What pleased God was Joseph’s faithfulness when nothing made sense,” says Dobson.

Dr. James Dobson is founder and president of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.”

He’s the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.

Read Dr. Dobson’s full blog post on the issue here. It’s taken from his book, “Life on the Edge.” 

For original writings of his that have appeared in LifeZette, click here.

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