I think we can all admit it: nobody likes to be called names, be bullied, or treated like we’re trash. I knew this my whole life, but it recently re-surfaced with someone I just met a little while back. This person, as I’ve seen it, is being hurt by the nastiness thrown his way. No, he didn’t do anything to deserve it, but it happened! Obviously, you can pray for this person. And pray that he gets through the rough times, because I know they come often.
But, what if you are that person, or someone like him? What if you are suffering? Depression hurts. I know it, you know it, and I’m pretty sure everyone on earth knows it. I’m going to discuss in this post how to deal with depression.
Let’s start with a verse: “For their rock is not like our Rock, as even our enemies concede. (Deuteronomy 32:31 NIV)” God is a Rock. Something that we can cling to when all else fails. As the new Chris Tomlin song says, “His love is like a waterfall.” It’s always there and ever abounding, if you look for it. Now, what about the second part of that verse, “Even our enemies concede”? When you trust in God and lean on Him for all things, you will start to see your enemies concede. You will have victory in Jesus!
Now, I want to be clear that I’m not saying that as soon as you cling to Jesus and make Him your Rock, that everything is all candy and lollipops from there on. Life still gets hard. You will still have difficulties, but I’ve found that when I trust in God, they are a whole lot easier. Take a look at John 16:33 as Jesus is speaking, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV). Jesus has overcome the world! There is nothing that we need to be afraid of, if we are in Him!
You might be asking yourself, “Well, I’m a sinful, horrible wreck. Why on earth would God want anything to do with me?” Read this portion of scripture from John 1: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'” (John 1:29 NIV). Believe it or not, Jesus died for you. He hung on a cross bleeding and in agony and pain, so that you and me, sinful wrecks, could live. Wow. I don’t about you guys, but that is so powerful to me.
So, no matter where you are, if you are hurting from addictions, depression, disease, or other things, God is right there holding on and guiding you in everything that you do. And the best part is, He won’t let go.
I can’t think of a better way to end this post than to put Natalie Grant’s “Closer to Your Heart” in it. Take the time to let the words soak in and feel the everlasting love of God.
Until next time,