If you’ve ever been depressed, you know it really does suck; it sucks all the life out of you. There comes a point when any positivity is positively drained from every area of your life. Walking feels heavy, and your brain feels like it’s fallen in a black hole. You try to put on a face, but it just takes too much energy.
So what does the Bible tell us about depression? First of all, it is not uncommon to feel depressed. And God is prepared to see us through those times. Take heart that you are not alone: “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40: 1-3)
Look to God. Only then will you slowly rediscover the beauty and blessing that is this gift called Life.
I have experienced the agony of depression – to the point of crying on my bedroom floor with a bottle of pills spilled out in front of me. I felt no point in continuing life. On that particular day, I was reminded of something someone had once told me – that taking your life is one of the most selfish acts one can commit.
But that thought can only hold you so long. How can you realistically lift yourself out of the deep pit of depression for good? There are 3 things that I had to focus on:
1) Find someone you trust that you can open up to. This is harder for some than others, but God created us to be social beings. He doesn’t expect us to go through life alone. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
2) Defeating depression is largely a choice. It may be one of the hardest, most unnatural choices you ever make, but no matter what you feel like, you need to choose joy. Choose life. Choose to see the Light. “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)
3) You cannot do it without God as your Guiding Light. Turn to Him daily and hourly. Feed your mind with His words of wisdom, comfort, and strength. Fill your heart with His presence. “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
We live in a fallen world, so it’s easy to see all of the negative and unfortunate things that may very well be in your life. But are we not called to lift our eyes to the good and righteous things above? Find your confidant. Make the choice. Look to God. Only then will you slowly rediscover the beauty and blessing that is this gift called Life.
If you have any questions or need support, we’re here for you.
Michelle has attended CCV since 2009 and graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2012. She is a lover of purple, dancing, and Jesus Christ.