Depression is a very difficult thing to deal with. What makes it worse is that it seems there is no one you can talk to about depression, and even when you have tried, nobody seems to understand what you are experiencing and how you are feeling.
This sense of loneliness only magnifies the depression. But there is something that helps.
Talk Honestly to Jesus
In my own experiences with depression, I found that one helpful thing was to talk to God about it, and specifically, talk to Jesus. Sometimes I screamed and yelled at Him. Sometimes I cursed.
I know this isn’t what people often think of when they think of communicating with God. We are supposed to watch our language, and watch our tone. But there is nothing that Jesus hasn’t heard before, and if He can handle death on the cross for the sins of the whole world, I think He can handle a little yelling and screaming from you and me.
Besides, one Scripture on depression tells us that there is no one better to go to than Jesus. Sure, He was not depressed in the same way we are, but He is nevertheless more than acquainted with grief and sorrow. This Scripture on depression is Isaiah 53:3-4. Here is what it says:
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
Jesus Can Help You Through Depression
Do you see? The same reasons many of us feel depressed are the same things that happened to Jesus. We feel despised and rejected by others. This happened to Him also. We are full of sorrow grief. So was He.
And having experienced all these things, the last thing we should be doing is trying to hide our emotions and feelings from Him. That is what it means to hide our faces from Him. When we do not communicate honestly with Him, and tell Him what we are thinking and feeling, we are trying to hide our true selves from Him. Until we can be honest with Him, He cannot help us bear our griefs and carry our sorrows as He wants to.
But when we honestly share our sorrow, grief, and depression with Jesus, He will help us carry it. He will walk with us through it. He will be with us when everyone else has abandoned us.
Are you dealing with depression you can no longer bear? Tell Jesus about it. Honestly tell Him. You don’t need to watch your words or emotions. Let it all pour out to Him, so that He can help you through it. He is, after all, well acquainted with grief and sorrow.
Scriptural Books on Depression
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of depression. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.