Wednesday, July 7, 2010
More Than Conquerors
“. . . we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
“I just want to find a way to survive this.” I said this at the end of November 1983. I had several symptoms of depression chronic depression. My husband called me at work and asked me to ‘do us both a favor.’ He suggested I take a 30 day leave of absence from my job and try to get through this thing that bothered me.
My first response was,” Honey, I don’t have that much leave.” I wouldn’t get paid for half of the time. He said, “That’s, okay.”
I found out what I needed to do to have my request approved. I left there that day wanting to be a ‘survivor’. That term was a buzz word going around our society then.
One thing I did during the ensuing 30 days was to spend time reading my Bible. Our pastor, at that time, may have preached on this passage. I do know I read it over and over again.
I later started attending another church, where the word was always preached. At that time in my life, almost two years after my 30 day leave, I still had some of the same issues affecting my life. But, with God’s help, I wasn’t dealing with things the same way.
The scriptures came alive to me. I found comfort in passages I had only heard before. I shared with one of my new friends, a German lady, what I told someone about being ‘a survivor’ and how I could now be ‘more than a conqueror’. And all this through Jesus Christ. She rejoiced with me and told me she had learned to rely on passages like this one to get her through her days.
The experiences of life have taught me much. God allows conditions into our lives in order for us to grow in Him. As we learn more about God from His Word, we actually do grow spiritually. We gain wisdom in the way He sees our world and ourselves. As we master these lessons, we do become more than conquerors.