Are you mourning? Do you feel like life has nothing for you but ashes? That all your dreams and plans for life have crumbled about you? Feelings like this can lead to great depression.
This experience is more common than you realize, and you are not alone in such feelings. But this does not help you deal with the feelings.
However, it is helpful to know that God is aware of your struggles, and that He is doing something to help you.
God Knows about Your Depression
In Isaiah 61:2-3, a Scripture on Depression, we learn that God knows about the struggles with mourning and depression that we all face. This Scripture says that He knows that we need comfort and consolation in times of mourning, we need beauty to rise from the ashes, and joy in times of sorrow and grief.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
In this Scripture, God promises to provide all these things which are needed to deal with depression and mourning. And how does He provide these?
How God Helps with Depression
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus quotes this Scripture from Isaiah, and says that He is bringing comfort, peace, deliverance, and liberty to those who face depression, bondage, fear, and oppression. Jesus is acquainted with our sorrows and our fears, and He wants to help us through them, and deliver us from them.
So when you are facing some of the things that are mentioned in these verses, turn to Jesus for help, protection, encouragement, comfort, and guidance. Start by reading Scripture (maybe Matthew, John, or the Psalms), and praying to Jesus for help with whatever you are facing.
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.