CAN CHRISTIANS BE DEPRESSED
By Carolyn Dale Newell
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.
Psalm 42:5 NKJV
Yes, Christians do suffer from depression. I know because I am one who fights the battle. The Psalms are filled with cries from a distressed heart:
“Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low” (Ps. 142:6a).
“Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed” (Ps. 143:4).
Elijah became depressed when Queen Jezebel sought to kill him. He cried out to God asking Him to take his life. During this time, Elijah was hiding in caves (1 Kings 19:1-10).
Many Christians, including preachers are misinformed about depression. They think God’s people are immune to it because we have the joy of the Lord. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Depression is not a sin. It is a very real medical condition which is usually caused by a chemical imbalance. It can also be brought on as a result of a traumatic event. PMS, hormones and hormone replacement drugs can also be responsible for depression. When I began using hormone replacements, I found myself crying uncontrollably for no reason.
Perhaps you understand depression is real. Now, what do you do? Visit your doctor. A regiment of anti-depressants are often necessary. You are not any less a Jesus girl or a godly man because you need medicine. People take medicine for many medical conditions. That is exactly what depression is – a medical condition.
Finally, there is hope with God. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5b). Do not be ashamed to talk to your Father in heaven about your depression. He will understand you better than anyone.
Remember, depression does not make you any less of a Christian. Once treated, it makes you a stronger one.
My prayer today is for all Your children suffering with depression. Let them feel You near them today. Comfort them. Lead them to the right place for help. Thank You, amen.
Read 1 Kings 19:1-10.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Check out these wonderful resources which have helped me with depression:
“Loved Back to Life” by Sheila Walsh
“Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” by Dr. Michelle Bengtson http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/
This devotion is part of a bonus section in my book, “Incense Rising: 60 Days To Powerful Prayer” https://www.createspace.com/6267879
Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.