Has life not turned out the way you hoped, planned, or desired? Is everything spinning out of control, and nothing seems to work in your favor, and every single day seems worse than the one before, and you dread going to sleep at night for fear of what the next day will bring? Do you sometimes think of ways to hurt yourself or others?
If this describes your situation, you are experiencing depression, and should seek immediate help.
Sometimes, of course, immediate help is hard to find. Maybe you cannot afford a counselor, and the pastor you tried to talk to just brushed you off. Maybe your friends have abandoned you and your spouse does not understand what you are experiencing.
In these situations, you need someone you can go to, any time of the day or night, and be fully open and honest with this person about what you are thinking, how you are feeling. One such person is God.
Some people who experience depression have found that when they are feeling sad and alone, it is helpful to go into a quiet place with a cup of tea or coffee, light some candles or put on some music, and spend some time talking to God. Reading the Scriptures is often helpful as well. Starting a journal where you write your prayers to God can also be therapeutic.
God is there, and you are always in His presence, and He wants to make Himself known to you as well, to comfort you and give you peace. But frequently, to see and hear God, we have to slow down, be quiet, and listen.
In Psalm 46:10, God invites into his presence with these words:
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
So when you are facing depression and anxiety, it might be helpful to stop everything you are doing, and rather than trying to escape from the world and all your problems, escape to God with your problems. Tell Him about them. Seek His face in prayer, and His words of encouragement in Scripture. He wants to help you through this depression, but you have to invite Him along.
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.