Happiness seems to be an illusive quality in modern society. The streets are full of sad sack people who walk around like Eeore crying, “woe is me, woe is me,” because they feel life has let them down. Sadly Christians are not immune to Eeore syndrome and times of depression and despair. It comes with being human.
However, it is often harder as a Christian to deal with things such as depression and despair because in the back of the mind is the idea, “I can't be feeling this way, I'm a Christian. I have God on my side.” But life is full of trials and at each turn of the road there may be something which will test the faith of even the most ardent Christian. Jesus said those who want to be my disciples, “must take up their cross each day,” and be ready for what life is going to throw at them.
The Bible is full of road tested saints who at one time or another felt the weight of the world on their shoulders. Moses had over a million wanderers in the desert who instead of being truly thankful were always complaining about everything. David had his past sin come crashing down on his head, in the form of the death of his new born child. Paul often had his qualifications as an apostle questioned and his life threatened. Even Jesus felt the weight of the worlds sin on His shoulders and separation from His father.
Paul reminds Chistians in 2 Corinthians 4: the key to living the Christian life is to realize, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed,” because we are secure in the arms of a risen Savior.
When the Eeore moments come, and they will come Christians may not realize it for a season, but Jesus is there to guide each step.