Lately, I have been feeling kind of down, however, I know there is hope. One of the world’s most prolific preachers, Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, suffered from depression. And, after suffering a bout of depression, he preached, on November 7th, 1858, a sermon entitled “The Christian’s Heaviness and Rejoicing” based on 1 Peter 1:6, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:” (1 Peter 1:6, KJV 1900).
And, he preached these words in the sermon, words that are true about depression, or heaviness, and rejoicing..
“When the child of God is sore-stricken and much depressed, the sweet hope, that living or dying, there is an inheritance incorruptible, reserved in heaven for him, may indeed make him greatly rejoice. He is drawing near the gates of death, and his spirit is in heaviness, for he has to leave behind him all his family and all that life holds dear. Besides, his sickness brings upon him naturally a depression of spirit. But you sit by his bedside, and you begin to talk to him of the
“Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood,
Arrayed in living green.”
You tell him of Canaan on the other side the Jordan—of the land that floweth with milk and honey—of the Lamb in the midst of the throne, and of all the glories which God hath prepared for them that love him; and you see his dull leaden eye light up with seraphic brightness, he shakes off his heaviness, and he begins to sing,
“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye,
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.””
Our God is an amazing God, and how He used Spurgeon with such words he spoke 156 years and 1 day ago to comfort my life now, is just more evidence to the awe and wonder of our God.
Spurgeon, C. H. (1858). The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons (Vol. 4, pp. 462–463). London; Glasgow: Passmore & Alabaster; James Paul; George John Stevenson; George Gallie.