Can we talk about depression? The silent killer. It affects us all in one way or another. Most have struggled with depression at some point in their lives. From the most devout Christian to the most good intentioned atheist. We all struggle with depression. It has touched your life in some way, even if you don’t realize it yet. Maybe you’ve got a child battling it now, or perhaps you’ve lost a loved one to suicide. Maybe, even, you (yes, you) are struggling with depression. No one seems to know when someone is struggling, unless they’re very vocal about it. Normally we find out too late. Why? Why is this such a taboo subject? Is it wrong? Is it un-Christian to be depressed? Does it mean you’re a bad person?
To sum it up in a word…..NO. Even the most faithful Christians become depressed at some point in their lives. Why? Because sin exists, and if sin exists, you can surely know Satan exists. The Bible says he comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is literal to be sure. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy potential Christians. He also comes to steal our joy, kill our loving kindness, and destroy our faith. Can he? Well, if we allow him to then yes, he can steal our joy, kill our kindness, but he can not destroy our faith. He does not have that power. The only power he has is what God allows him to have. In John it states that no one, no man or being, has the power to take you out of the hand of God once you have been placed there. So, as much as the devil himself, may attack your body, mind, and spirit; he can never take you out of the love of God.
Depression sucks. It’s hard and lonely and scary. It’s a fight your way out of the darkness, pray each second of the day, beg God to hear your cry kind of struggle. It’s rough. It is a fight worth fighting though. Give into the pain, the hurt, the fear. Give in and let God have control. Let Him take over and fight this fight for you. If that means getting psychological help through inpatient or outpatient treatments-then by all means, please do so. If that means seeking a pastor to speak with, or a friend to talk to, then do it. But never, ever think that giving in means giving up. We fight the fight to win the battle, but the war is already won. God will grant us peace. He will use us for His glory. We may not see it, but His perfect plans for us will be fulfilled.
If you are struggling with depression, having thoughts of suicide, or have thoughts of harming others: Please contact me or the national hotline for suicide prevention at 1-800-273-8255.
Scripture references: John 10:10; John 10:28; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11
Look up the scriptures. Read them, not just the verses listed, but the ones before and after them. Find comfort in the Word of God.