When Godly People Get Depressed

Let's examine some godly people in the Bible who were depressed. It can help us deal with our own depression.

Sometimes we consider depression a sign of weak faith. But is it? 

David, "a man after God's own heart," wrote many psalms while depressed and disillusioned (Acts 13:22). He experienced times of great sorrow, sleepless nights, fear, anxiety, and pain. At times, he even felt forgotten by God (e.g., Psalm 13:1-4).

Jeremiah is another example. A wonderful servant of God, he experienced great discouragement and depression. He actually cursed the day he was born (Jeremiah 20:7-18).

Job, whom God highly commended, also reached a point where he wished he'd never been born (Job 1:8; Job 3). 

Elijah, another great and powerful servant of God, suffered depression after one of his greatest victories in the Lord (1 Kings 18-19).

Even the Apostle Paul "despaired of life" (2 Corinthians 1:8).

If we get depressed, we can do what these men did: remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and depend on Him for help (Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 13:5-6; 2 Corinthians 1:9). 

What a wonderful thing it is to have a Lord who understands our human weaknesses and deals with us so lovingly. 

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed..." Psalm 103:13-14  

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

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Need some more encouragement?

💙 Remember David's "statement of faith" that got him through the hard times: Sometimes I Trust in Chariots

💙 Listen to Jeremiah's boast in the midst of his great sorrow: Jeremiah's Boast.

💙 Ponder the answer God gave Job when he was struggling: The Unshakeable Bottom Line.

💙 See how patiently God cared for Elijah when he was depressed: Eat, Rest, Cry.  

💙 Check out Paul's 2-step process for overcoming despair: Even Paul Despaired.

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Let's examine some godly people in the Bible who were depressed. It can help us deal with our own depression.





Let's examine some godly people in the Bible who were depressed. It can help us deal with our own depression.


 

Let's examine some godly people in the Bible who were depressed. It can help us deal with our own depression.

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1 comment:

  1. I pray Healing. . to those who sufferer from Depression . . . In the name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus!

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