The only reason I put this thread up os that there are people who believe that if you are depressed then you must not be walking close to Jesus or that you are backslidden. We can learn something here if you feel targeted by this thread that was not my intent. You just brought up a good topic. The fact is, from what I can determine from Scripture is that there saved and unsaved, those who are in the valleys and those on the mountain, etc. But God is the deciding factor of what we endure when we need to and I pity the brother or sister that judges his fellow believer for saying that what you or I am going through is a sign of unbelief.I retract my answer then...
In all humility, I am wrong.
I rushed my answer...
Now, all I am saying now is; God cured me.
He allowed me to loosen the despair and apathy and self centredness that came along with MY depression. He allowed me to see that there was Life in having no ambition, just because I don’t have any high minded business plans or knowing where I wanna be in 5 years from now has left me free to be who He wants me to be whenever He wants me to be.I’m just not that upset when I am not who I would like to be anymore.
now, I’m also not saying this apparent lack of depression is not going to return... it could well might, but for the last few months I’ve been clear of what constitutes to my apathy and despair.
And I only have God to thank for that.
You are a very receptive and wise person.I don’t feel targeted, I’m just sorry I rushed my post. And I unprayerfully powered through without proper thought.
I haven’t even read the whole bible so I really just assumed...
So I also assume that’s my lesson here.
That is very revealing. I am wondering if you have any Scripture you could provide with this. That would certainly be beneficial to those of us who may be experiencing depression symptoms.Closely related but not necessarily identical to depression is "not feeling it" or feeling like one's spiritual life is "dry".
I note that many spiritual leaders have written about sometimes long periods of dryness and doubt.
One theme that recurs in their life is the importance of continuing in prayer and study particularly in dark times.
Many times God is teaching steadfastness and the believer emerges out the other end with renewed understanding of trust in the Lord.
He loved God through it all and I believe God used it to keep him humble as he will do with our infirmities. Paul lamented the "thorn in his side" (II Cor. 12:7) and no one knows exactly what it was but Paul was humble (and blunt). A lot of people from the Baby Boomer generation and prior do not acknowledge that a person can have any deficiencies unless they just don't love Jesus enough. My dad was, is, like that. He refuses to show any deficiencies and he is a Christian who also preached and taught for many years. But he comes from the Baby Boomer generation and you got to be tough and never show any weakness to anyone at anytime.Did David get better?
I haven’t read through all the psalms. But what I have read( some lamentations) certainly I kept listening to them and crying
LOL, I assure you that you and those who know who they are have been the blessing. I am probably more of a thorn in the flesh here. That is very kind of you to say though and thank you for the prayers. I will take all I can get and I know there are people praying for me or maybe it's just you keeping me on God's mind but they are helping.I don’t know what else to say on this topic...except...
I’m going to pray hard for you Sam.
God is not silent when we hurt.
Even though it seems so.
He waits and watches.
And we must wait on Him.
now I know this....
He blesses those who blesses others.
And I’m not sure if you know just how much of a blessing you have been here
so make of that, scripturally, as you will
Well it can be worsened by being alone but when depression first begins and throughout its duration alone is all you really want. Medication and smoking keeps my symptoms at bay but I think some people may genetically be prone to depression and it is completely alien to those who do not have such leanings. My wife and I have both been through bouts of depression in our lifetimes but the past ten years have been REALLY hard for both of us. Loss of loved ones, cancer, family fallouts, not seeing our grandbabies, addiction battles, etc. Being close to Christ is the ONLY thing that has kept us above water.Years ago I had a friend that was Christian and suffered depression. She Rarely came across as depressed, but then she was rarely excited either that I ever noticed. Correct me if I'm wrong, my understanding was that depression was more pronounced when the depressed are alone.