How does God feel about Depression?
And if you’re one of them, you don’t have to suffer alone.
You can invite God into your heart and ask Him to give you comfort and peace.
God has a plan for you and He loves you. Isaiah 44:2 says, “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.”
Depression is spoken about directly in Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
That verse in Proverbs tells us that anxiety, worry, and frustration cause depression to worsen. But by leaning on God, hope, and truth, our depression and worry can lessen.
A good verse to keep near your heart is Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Let’s spend some time answering a few difficult questions that Christians often wonder when it comes to depression.
Does God want you to suffer?
There are so many verses and stories in the Bible of people who were suffering.
They suffered from depression, loss, insecurities, abandonment, but were able to find hope and joy in the Lord. When they trusted and depended on God, He helped them and changed their lives.
Verse, after verse, after verse, tells us that God is for us; He loves us and cares for us. Here are just a few Bible verses to remind you He is for you, not against you:
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ~Isaiah 40:31
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. ~Deuteronomy 31:6
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ~Psalm 23:4
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? ~Psalm 27:1
For more encouraging Bible verses about strength and hope, click here.
Is depression the result of our sin?
God doesn’t cause you pain because of a bad decision you made.
If your child stole a piece of candy from the store, would you wish them emotional pain? Hopefully, your answer is no. While they need to know they made a bad decision, they shouldn’t suffer for months on end for it. That wouldn’t be a productive way of teaching them to make better choices.
Now on the other hand, they may feel sad and regret their decision of stealing, but as a loving parent, wishing sadness and loneliness should never be the goal.
And this is how I believe God sees things. We are His children, He formed us in our mothers’ womb, and loves us more than we can imagine. It breaks His heart when we hurt, just as a parent would feel heartbroken if their child was hurting.
So, while we can become depressed as a result of bad decisions and sins we’ve done, depression isn’t wished on us by God.
Is it sinful to seek professional help for depression?
God wants us to be happy and take comfort in His love, but sometimes we need more than prayer to do that. And He put many things on this earth to help us when we are depressed.
He created doctors who have a desire to help those who are hurting. He made boys and girls who have grown to become counselors and therapists. And He made natural substances to help us cope, including the sun (vitamin D), foods that contain vitamin B, and foods with omega-3 fatty acids; all of which help with depression. You can read, 5 Natural Supplements that Help with Depression, for more information.
Antidepressants are very helpful to many people. But keep in mind that they don’t fix depression, instead, they only mask it. So, it will benefit you most if you seek professional help from a counselor, therapist, and/or doctor as well as seek help from God.
With God’s help, you can feel better. He is a loving god and doesn’t want to see you hurting. He is standing with you while you go through this.
And one of the most helpful poems while going through my depression has been, “Footprints in the Sand”. To see this poem, click here and scroll to the bottom of the post. You’re welcome to save, print, or share the picture of the poem.
And if you feel alone or like God has abandoned you, please read this article, Dear Depression, God is Bigger!