What the Bible says about...
Sadness and Depression
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Introduction

This is not a *full study* on how to get rid of a blue funk. It's just a few Bible verses to show you that...

  • God really does understand what you're going through, AND
  • God really does care, and stands ready to help you.
 

Surely, O God, you have worn me out.
You have devastated my entire household.
You have bound me-- and it has become a witness.
My gauntness rises up and testifies against me.
God assails me and tears me in His anger and gnashes His teeth at me.
My opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.
Men open their mouths to jeer at me,
They strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me.
God has turned me over to evil men and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.
Job 16.7-11

Causes

  • Depression and sadness may sometimes be your lot.
  • Even a Christian may grow weary and wilt from the constant evil drumming of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Causes of depression and sadness include but are not limited to...

  What strength do I have, that I should hope? And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

My soul loathes my life. I will give free course to my complaint. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 6.11, 10.1
  • Extreme physical or emotional fatigue.
  Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind. Eccl 2.17
  • Fear, anxiety, stress, PRESSURE!
  Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die.

"I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."
1 Kings 19.3-4
  • Betrayal -- dirty-rotten-lousy-stinking treatment by those who profess to be your friends
  Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41.9

The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor. I am staggered by what I hear. I am bewildered by what I see.
Isa 21.2b, 21.3

Relief

First and foremost, PRAY!

  • Pray often.
  • Pray long.
  • Weep and wail unto God.
  • Vent your anger and frustration unto God.
  • Be insistent that God DO something.
  • Pray until your throat is raw, and you run out of words to say.
  • When you can say no more, keep on praying.
  • Moan and groan and raise your hands to heaven.

NOTE: If all this sounds *a bit much* to you, then you just haven't been there yet. Not all the way into the pits of depression. I pray that you never shall sink to such depths of sorrow BUT... if you ever do... maybe then you will understand what I'm driving at.

 

Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning.
My strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors.
I am a dread to my friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.
I am forgotten by them as though I were dead.
I hear the slander of many.
There is terror on every side.
They conspire against me and plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O LORD.
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in your hands.
Deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant.
Save me in your unfailing love.
Ps 31.9-16

  • Dump ALL your cares on God.

[I said dump. I mean really really DUMP! Get rid of your troubles. Give all the foulness and hatred and betrayal and frustration -- ALL of it-- to God. He is strong. He can handle what you cannot. God commands you in First Peter 5.7 to DUMP it all on Him!!!]

  Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.
1 Pet 5.7
  • Hope in God. Never never NEVER stop hoping!

Amen.

  Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42.5-6a

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