2001-07-15 - Passages About Depression
Depression -- it's something many of us struggle with -- yes, even Christians. Being depressed does not mean you are "not a good Christian." In fact, some of the "heroes of our faith" went through periods of what used to be called "melancholy." Sometimes depression is a result of sin, but at other times, it is as Christian psychiatrist Frank Meier says, simply "...the result of life stresses." Here is a bit of what God's word has to say about it.
Biblical Examples of Depression
Neh 1:3-4 (NNAS) They said to me, "The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire. When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
What We Are to Do About Depression
We should follow Nehemiah's and the Psalmist's examples, pouring our hearts out to God:
Neh 1:6-7 (NNAS) Let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father's house have sinned.We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
James 4:8-10 (NNAS) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
Find things to be thankful for, even in the most painful times. God will honor that.
1 Th 5:18 (NNAS) In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Share with a trustworthy friend. Let him minister to you.
Rom 12:15 (NNAS) Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.