“The ropes of death were wrapped around me, and the torments of Sheol overcame me; I encountered trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate. The Lord guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.” (Psalm 116:3-8)
Depression is a word that gets thrown around a lot. Depression is a serious thing, but please know that if you or a loved one are suffering, it doesn’t mean you’re being punished. God WILL heal the suffering, in this life or the next.
I’ve come to learn to ask a different question in the midst of my struggles or emotional lows. Instead of asking, “Why me Lord?” I’ve come to ask, “Lord what can I learn from this struggle and how can I glorify You through it?” I’ve realized that often our struggling is a time to not question God, but instead allow it to be a summons to be thankful for the many blessings He’s given me.
I want to share this idea, “A strong faith quiets the conscience, and composes the spirit.” A strong faith will keep you rooted in Scripture! A regular diet of Bible reading, prayer, corporate worship, sitting under the preached Word of God, and partaking of the sacraments are the best ways to increasing and strengthening our faith. And with a steady diet of these things, it will help us build a stronger faith to fight off depression, anxiety or any other emotional or mental health issues.
Question: Are you focusing on the things that aren’t going well instead of focusing on the blessings God has bestowed on you? What are you doing to strengthen your faith?
Challenge: In difficult times, find joy by never forgetting what God brought you out of and what He brought you to.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to remember that you gave yur best on the Cross, for my worst, help me never forget that truth, and that on my worst day, by remembering that fact would help me overcome any depression.
Rudy Rubio, Chapel Leader -- Los Angeles Dodgers