Depression is all over the world and rampant. I can’t go a day without the topic gracing the news, advertisements, conversations, and reality. It’s all over and doesn’t discriminate.
Let’s consider, the world is tough to live in. There are issues we deal with on a daily basis. Trauma, pressure, financial weakness, stress, work requirements, grief, alcoholism, drug use, health issues, and the list could go on way beyond this blog post.
When you deal with depression, it can seem like you are walking under water. There seems to be this fog around you that keeps you from clarity. Remember what Samuel says, “He took me; he drew me out of the many waters; (2 Samuel 22:17). Asking God to take out out of the waters of your fog, is something I pray for often.
I’ve dealt with depression on and off since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I try to keep in mind that I’m stronger than what plagues me. God is stronger than what I deal with. He will comfort us in the times when we feel most depressed if we turn to him. “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;” (2 Corinthians 7:6)
If we seek God in the times of despair and depression, he will comfort us in his word. “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)
At times even if we turn to God, it can seem hopeless. We feel the hope slipping away. It causes the depression to go further and we slide deeper into those dark waters. Remember to have faith. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” (Romans 4:20).
Sometimes we are weak in body because we are weak in faith (Romans 4:19). The more I turn to God’s word, the more joy I find. The less depression I feel.
It can often be hard to find joy in your life when there is so much around you that is going wrong. We often lose the fight to find joy and our voices often become silenced. We end up suffering in silence. One, because we think that everyone else around us is depressed and less likely to take interest in our depression. Two, because you don’t want to voice your feelings and keep them to yourself.
Jeremiah says, “And joy and gladness is taken from the plentiful field…their shouting shall be no shouting; (48:33). Don’t let joy be taken and don’t let your voice quiet. Seek the small things in life and take joy in them. Shout and rejoice, praise loud to God. Thank him for what you have, pray for what you need.
Depression can suck to deal with and I know that sometimes, we let it win.
I hope this has helped you a bit and given you a glimpse at scripture, and I hope that with prayer and faith, you’ll find peace.
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Have a blessed Sunday.