Depression sure is a miserable state to live in. It seems that everything tastes bad when you’re depressed. It seems that everyone is wrong when you’re depressed. There are lots of reasons why people fall into the depths of sadness. Sometimes it comes from the guilt of a sin you can’t break free from. Sometimes it’s because of a “perfect storm” of circumstances that keep going from bad to worse. Some of us almost seem wired for depression.
The Bible is filled with folks who struggled through this “dark night of the soul”. Moses was quite upset at the unappreciative people God had placed him with. Elijah hid in a cave and declared that he alone was left to serve God. And then there’s Jeremiah, the “weeping prophet”. If anyone ever deserved to be depressed, it was Jeremiah. Not only were the people around him rebellious against God, Jeremiah was there to witness the destruction of the nation. And though the book of Lamentations is mostly about Jeremiah’s grief over the situation, it also contains a ray of hope as Jeremiah writes, “This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21–23).
It is possible to let go of your depression, even if for a few minutes. Think on God’s love. He has NOT forsaken you. He has NOT left you. And that my friend is a good thing.