Depression. Some persons find it awkward, but to many it is a daily living experience. In the course of my work with people, I have encountered a lot of persons suffering from depression, each having a different cause. Some are depressed because they feel they married the wrong person. Others are depressed because they thought they missed out on an opportunity of a lifetime. Many more are depressed because they did something horrible and someone is planning to use that to blackmail them.
So many people are going through intense emotional pain, and they are hiding it. My mom use to say that people have succeeded in using fake smiles, make-up, and nice clothes to conceal a lot.
We hear cases of suicide, it didn't just happen. It started from a point -that moment where a person begins to allow frustration to have a better part of his emotions, that moment where they become tired of themselves so much that they don't mind saying it. That moment where they begin to feel that there is nothing they do that will work.
There is an inner dialogue going on in each and every one of us. It is a dialogue between our mind and our inner recesses. What are you saying to yourself?
In 1 Samuel 30, there you find a story about David and his men. They had returned from a battle only to discover that their city had been raided. Their houses were burnt and their wives and children were taken captive.
The Bible says David and his men wept. They wept so much that they became exhausted.
David was greatly distressed. Not only was he grieving for his family that had been captured, but the grieving men who were with him were planning on stoning David. They blamed David for making them leave their vulnerable families to go fight a war.
It must have been a depressing moment for David, but the Bible records something inspiring about David:
...but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
- 1 Samuel 30:6
In verse 7 and 8 you'd discover that David found it EASY TO PRAY AND TO RECEIVE DIVINE DIRECTION ON WHAT NEXT STEP TO TAKE AT THAT POINT IN TIME.
We discover in the later verses that David and his men got their families back. There was complete restoration.
We serve a God who turns out battle scars to beauty marks. Yes, you may have cried your eyes out over an issue. You may feel disappointed. Refuse to drown in it.
The Apostle Paul in one of his writings declared by the power of the Holy Spirit:
"I am pressed but not crushed, persecuted but not abandoned. Struck down but not destroyed."
- 2 Corinthians 4:8 - 9
Refuse to be destroyed by the negativity that seeks to cloud your mind and heart.
The Bible says there is hope, even for a dead tree. All it just needs is a scent of water to sprout back to life.
All you need is to encourage yourself in God's Word.
David encouraged himself. Nothing anyone says will make sense to you until the moment you choose to encourage yourself.
You have grieved, but it's time to move on. You can't change the past, but you can do something beautiful with the future and create something memorable.
Stop the unhealthy competition, it won't help you. People get easily depressed when they fail to celebrate themselves and their accomplishments.
When God created the world, He took time to look at what He had made. He took so much pleasure in it and declared that it was VERY GOOD. In fact, He had to give Himself a well-deserved rest for a job well done, not because He was exhausted, but because He understands the principle of celebrating one's own achievements.
If you have been suffering depression for days and weeks, meet your Pastor or a well-trained counselor, or a trusted friend for advice and comfort. Don't let the devil take advantage of this weak moment in your life.
I'm going to pray for you. Join me in faith as I pray:
Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank you for your Word. We thank you because you have not given us the Spirit of heaviness but of love, peace, and a sound mind. I present your sons and your daughters to you who are feeling depressed and disappointed over an issue in their lives.
I pray that you will cause them to see that there is so much beauty ahead of their lives. Help them see that opportunities will come to them like a river and that they will swim and partake of the goodness thereof.
Help them see that these battle scars they carry will one day become beauty marks: stories of how they made it in spite of the sorrows of the past.
Help them see that their lives is not defined by a particular success. Help them discover that the divine process for their lifting is already in progress.
Help them see that they will have beautiful stories to tell in the near future.
I thank you because your joy is their strength. Right now they look to you, not to man, but to you. Serenade them with your warmth. Your love and comfort floods them like a river and fills the void. No more worries. No more fears. The future is bright. All is well. Thank you for answering us, in Jesus mighty name, Amen!
I love you for reading.
God bless you.