Can You Find Depression In The Bible?
Many people wonder if there is to be found depression in the Bible. The answer is both yes and no! You can not find the word depression and the exact definition we refer to when talking about depression today. But as said before on this blog, the Bible has a lot to talk about our different states of mind and does not hesitate to deal with those issues at all.
As you can read in many articles on this site, you can find that greatest men mentioned in the Bible was fighting discouragement and dark times. Elijah which was a man great honored by God was found fearing for his life because of a woman threatening him. He lost all courage and gave himself to self-pity instead of rising up as the man of God he was.
What those men had in common was that they had a relationship with God that helped them out of their hard circumstances. They both were led by God and came out of their situations by the miracle of God.
The same is for us today, but the great thing is; today we can allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with his power to help us! In the Old testament only anointed men, kings, priests and prophets mostly, were anointed by the Spirit and could benefit from a life that close to God.
Today we are living in the New Covenant and we now have the possibility to have the Holy Spirit live inside of us, giving us all help we need with depression and discouragement! God helped Elijah and he will help us!
Jesus is many times addressing fear, worry, discouragement and all those things connected to that what we call depression today. He never condemns, always encourages, but also gives us commands not to worry and be fearful. How can Jesus; filled with love give a command to anyone not to worry? Isn’t impossible for someone never to worry and be anxious about things? The reason Jesus gave us commands not to worry is because in this New Covenant; in Jesus, we do not need to give into all those feelings of despair. Yes, they will come against all of us in different ways, with various strengths; but through the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of the believer; we have a power that can overcome all things trying to put us down.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
(Joh 16:33 KJV)
When we ask ourselves the question: What does the bible say about depression the answer could very well be the bible verse mentioned above. When we find kinds of depression in the Bible, and especially in NT; Jesus always want us to focus on what He has done for us. He tells us not to worry, not to fear because He is with us. In Him, we have peace! That is what I call Christian help for depression!
And when Jesus said that he meant it! Jesus did not say this as some nice finish of a great speech, just as some catchy words that people should appreciate. No; Jesus meant exactly what He said. He told this to His disciples that very soon should face the toughest time ever, seeing the master killed before their very eyes. Jesus knew they would be troubled, and still He told them to be with good cheer and be at peace. Why? Because it is possible to in the midst of tribulations and hardships, focus on Jesus and be cheerful! You can have peace in any situation and you can be without fear!