God – the Only Lasting Answer to Depression, Part 1

 

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-24

Update: I initially published this post with just the verse, but thought that this topic warranted some further discussion.

First off, let me say that I am sympathetic with those who have or are going through depression.  Having seen it in my family along with having experienced it as a teen, I know it’s affects are real.

Second, let me say that I am referring specifically to depression as a condition someone is in that can be noticed by the following symptoms, which include but are not limited to:

  • Chronic sadness
  • Loss of interest in normal diversions
  • Inability to function as usual (i.e., can’t carry out tasks that were previously achievable)
  • Loss of sleep

Third, I want to say that I acknowledge the presence of physical issues in some people who are depressed.  I am no doctor.  I publish this not out of medical expertise, but as one who has seen God give answer to life’s deepest questions and losses through revealing Himself, and as one who cares for those who may be going through some deep valleys.

Finally, many people who are depressed need hope.  That is why I posted Lamentations 3:21-23.  Dr. Jim Berg describes depression as someone who is “sorrowing without hope.”

God is merciful.  He gives hope.  There is reason to live.  Yes, great reason to live!

What truths about God help you to have hope?