One of the best loved, known parables of the New Testament given by Jesus Christ was that of the prodigal son , the same young man who deceived had left his own home to do his own thing, and who next had experienced the negative realties of this world, and humbled he next returned broke home to his father, who next even forgave him resorted him, accepted him back
Luke 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that fallsto me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: :23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
Now the same Biblical story even generally refers to us all.. for we all do often tend to get lost, we all have left our heavenly homes, and next do not find true satisfaction, real joy hereo n earth.. for after all we are here on earth but mere sojourners in a very foreign land, as this earth realy is not our actual home, our solid place of refuge, our present settlement but rather as always heaven is our home.
Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Now yes God leads us all to experience the negative realities of hell, earth.. In The Furnace Of Affliction “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10
God does this to bring us back to Him… so next we can also as per (Mark 5:19 KJV) Go home to our friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for us , and how he had compassion on us.
Still we do still too often like sheep easily get lost, go astray, and thus become realy depressed.. do sense a big void again in our life…
So one of the best ways that I have found to fill this same void, and to sense again the reality of God’s presence is to recite often Bible verses, especially to recite God’ s promises to each one of us, promises such as-
Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. :6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
and many others..
(Isa 54:17 KJV) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
(Psalm 4:8 KJV) I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makes me dwell in safety.
(Psalm 55:18 KJV) He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.