The human spirit can endure a sick body,
but who can bear a crushed spirit?
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
written by Adventists in times of struggle and depression
"Whenever one is encompassed with clouds, perplexed by circumstances, or afflicted by poverty or distress, Satan is at hand to tempt and annoy. He attacks our weak points of character. He seeks to shake our confidence in God, who suffers such a condition of things to exist."
-Ellen White, The Desire of Ages p.120.
The Story of Elijah
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
Often [satan] comes to us as he came to Christ, arraying before us our weakness and infirmities. He hopes to discourage the soul, and to break our hold on God… If we would meet him as Jesus did, we should escape many a defeat. By parleying with the enemy, we give him an advantage.
-Ellen White, The Desire of Ages p.121.