Tough times and depression are not a new dilemma. Whether depression is a disease is still debatable. In these times, we are fortunate that there is medication that can decrease our pain in crises. Often though, taking a pill dulls the mind and emotions rather than changing the mind and emotions. That is an issue that we should take up with God.
Depression is seen throughout the Bible, even as early as the book of Genesis when Cain murdered Abel.
Pain is a part of life. Christ’s pain in His life provided us with life. Therefore what can we discover of God when going through a tough time?
The journey to the will of God is not always easy. But the will of God is our best life.
Sometimes depression or down days are opportunities to make adjustments – deal with our anger, envy, bitterness, which all can lead to depression. By holding onto any of these things is of no benefit to ourselves. Realize them,and determine to let them go.
Situations do not have to determine your life outcome. In Acts 27, Paul believes God mid storm while others expect death. He survives the storm.
In Acts 28:3, Paul is bitten by a venomous snake. While those around him expect his death, Paul believes God and is unharmed.
Whether a day remains depressing, is often determined by our view of the day. This means that we have a choice as to what to believe.
Note Paul’s extravagant praise in the epistles, even of the Corinthian church. Again it was his choice. His choice to go to faith and praise resulted in a highly fruitful life.
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