Depressed? You Are Not Alone!

Depression tends to make a person feel alone, unfaithful, weak, unloved — or worse, unlovable — doomed to suffer forever, or some combination of those. If you are one of these people, be assured that none of the above is true. As long as you believe in our heavenly Father, accept Jesus as your Messiah, and repent of your sins; you are not unfaithful. You are definitely not alone or unloved. And, we should stop thinking we are unlovable because God IS Love. Here’s what the Bible says about anxiety and depression.

Read the book of Job in the Old Testament to see how another person suffered all sorts of calamities despite being totally dedicated to God. Job’s problems were in fact because he had so much faith in God. God allowed Satan to take everything away from Job except his wife — cattle, sheep donkeys, most of his slaves and hired workers, ten children and probably their spouses. I think the dead children would hurt the worst!

God Allows Satan to Torment You

When Satan saw this had no effect on Job’s faith, he asked to strike Job and was given permission to do anything short of killing Job. And, then, “Satan … smote Job with severe boils from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head”[1]. But, he never curses God as his wife and three friends recommend. Job refutes the bad advice by saying, “… We accept good things from God; and should we not accept evil?”[2]

The book of Job describes anxiety attacks and depression quite well. Job 4:14 quotes Eliphaz, ‘Fear came upon me, and shuddering, that terrified me to the bones’[3]. Just one chapter later — chapter 5, verse 14 – Job himself states, “They meet with darkness in the daytime, and at noonday, they grope as though it were night.” In chapter 7, verses 3-4 & 6; Job declares, “So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been told off for me. If in bed I say, ‘When shall I rise?’ Then the night drags on; I am filled with restlessness until the dawn …. My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope.

If those are not an excellent description of how depression makes us feel, I don’t know what is.

It’s Normal to Want Death

Now, don’t get me wrong. Job curses the day he was born and asks God why he didn’t perish at birth. He wanted to die like a lot of other depressed people. Job 3:21-25 expresses, “They wait for death and it comes not; they search for it rather than for hidden treasures. … For sighing comes more readily to me than food, and my groans well forth like water. For what I fear overtakes me, and what I shrink from comes upon me”.

Trouble is a normal part of the world and of everyone’s life. There is a note on Psalms 104:26 in my copy of the New American Bible which divulges, “God does not destroy chaos but makes it part of the created order.” Much later in the Holy Bible, Jesus says, “In the world, you will have trouble …”[4]

But, There Is Help!

Now, I’m not writing all of this to make you feel worse or more hopeless. I mainly wanted to tell you that God and Jesus are always with you. No matter how horrible you feel or how much you want to die, someone else has been there!

In the rest of John 16:33 Jesus declares, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me … take courage, I have conquered the world.” As a Christian, you are part of Christ’s body[5] and “If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy”[6].

Doesn’t it make you feel better to know that millions of other Christians share the burden of your grief and pain? It is always easier to fight a problem with a large army and the Church, Christ’s body is that army. If that doesn’t cheer you up, think about this; you can share in someone’s joy just as easily. All you need to do is open yourself up and let God’s “patient … kind”[7] Love dwell inside.

 

Sources

[1] Job 2:7. See notes below for more.

[2] Job 2:10

[3] The New Catholic Answer Bible — Copyright 2005, 2002, 1987 &1981 by Devore & Sons, Inc., Wichita, KS; Copyright 1970 by Catholic Bible Publishers, Wichita, KS — used throughout. All emphasis is added!

[4] John 16:33

[5] 1 Corinthians 12:27

[6] 1 Corinthians 12:26

[7] 1 Corinthians 13:4