Elation and depression seem to be the two most common states of emotion I encounter. No doubt elation (being really happy, excited or joyful) comes from realizing a dream or something wonderful, but the opposite (not realizing a dream, etc.) seems to be the more prevalent emotional state in the world today. Not to minimize genuine psychological issues like severe depression, manic depression and the like, I believe the vast majority of common depression is the result of either denying God or forgetting what He has done for us — where we’ve been and what He’s brought us through. Whenever we forget God or deny His hand in our lives, we wind up where the Israelites often found themselves–lost in ourselves! Is it any wonder the Lord so often says, “Remember what the Lord your God has done…” It’s too bad we so rarely listen.
“The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!” Numbers 17:12