Depression & What The Bible Says
Depression is something that many of us experience and one point or another is our lives. As Christians we should look to Him for comfort and scripture to deliver us from it.
“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
– Psalm 34:17-18
When most people think of depression, they think of a diagnosed medical condition. But while chronic forms of depression definitely exist, the reality is that most people experience depression at some point in their lives – even if they don’t know it. Depression is an inner feeling of hopelessness and despair that can last anywhere from a few days to a lifetime. Each person experiences and deals with depression in a different way. But while we may not completely understand it, there is one thing we can do: hand it over to the One who does.
The causes of depression are incredibly complex; for some, it is a result of unresolved childhood trauma. For others, it is a result of life hardships that seem impossible to overcome. And many others actually have no idea why the anxiety makes us feel the way that they do. This leads so many people to make the mistake of thinking that God doesn’t understand their pain. However, the truth is that He understands pain better than anyone else. Simply consider all that Jesus endured during the last days of His life. He was betrayed, mocked, and tortured by the ones He loved. He died an agonizing death on a cross, and He bore the wrath of God – the most unimaginable pain in the universe. There is no sadness on this earth that we cannot take to God; He knows it even better than we do.
Consider the words of Deuteronomy 31:8: “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” When we are weak, we only need to trust in Jesus, and He will give us strength to make it through our depression. When we are afflicted with this tragic condition, we too often forget that we have a purpose. There is a reason that we exist, and that reason is to glorify God. And in serving Him, we find joy.
This is not to say that depression can be cured overnight by praying or reading scripture. Depression may be something that we struggle with all our lives. But staying connected to God will build our faith as we learn what it means to rise above this world and truly live for Christ. We can be comforted by the fact that He is with us no matter what. Even when we feel unloved, unimportant, and unwanted, we are treasured by our Creator and Savior. He takes us just as we are, and He transforms us into something newer and stronger every day. Because no amount of hopelessness we feel can ever compare to the glory we will one day experience with Jesus, in eternity.