What Does The Bible Say About Depression?

It is a good question to ask: What does the bible say about depression? The bible has answer to everything and of course even that question. The word of God does not use this word though. The word depression. But when you read through the Bible you can see people struggle with negative thoughts because of there circumstances the same way that we today define depression.


We can read in Old Testament how Job found His situation so hard that he cursed the day he was born and we can read how David were fighting fear and discouragement and how He expressed it through many of the Psalms. We can also read about for example a mighty man like Elijah. He had seen the greatest miracle come to pass; God came with fire on the Mount Carmel and all people turn their hearts to the Lord and said: The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God!

But short after that the same Elijah fled for his life and wished his own death sitting under a juniper tree!

The Bible really knows about people and the struggles they can go through.

But the Bible also gives us the way out of course. When Elijah sat under the bush feeling sorry for him self God appeared and said: What are you doing here Elijah? With other words; why do you fear, why do you not trust me? Rise up and go do what I tell you!

Does that mean that God does not care about us when we are depressed? Of course not. God served Elijah in the most loving way by giving him food and comfort. But it means that He knows that there is a way out, and that it is really possible to walk that way!

In the book of Hebrews it says:

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Heb 12:2-3 KJV)

When we ask the question: What does the bible says about depression, the answer is always in the first place to look at Jesus and the atonement. Jesus died for you and me to be free and there is always freedom in Jesus! He told us never to give up but look at Jesus who manages through every hardship without giving up. He is our example, and he is also our strength and deliverer! Looking unto Him will help us not to: “be wearied and faint in your minds”. His word has the power to renew our mind and set us free from bad feelings and every kind of bondages.

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