The struggles of depression and loneliness are real, and therefore it is a topic that we have to consider.
John Street said in regards to Elijah, “What an incredible victory for Elijah! But as we’re about to see, even in our times of greatest usefulness, victory, and success, we may be just a step away from falling into the darkest of depression.” (Men Counseling Men, pg 117)
Missionary Anthony Norris Groves said, “I sometimes feel sadly depressed, and truly I have reason to be so, looking back on a worse than useless life, and though I know that grace abounds, my heart is often quite devoid of joy.” – (Father of Faith Missions. pg 249)
Even useful men, like Elijah and Groves, found themselves facing the darkness of depression.
Yet the Bible does not leave the believer, in the midst of such darkness, without hope. As Dallimore recorded of Charles Spurgeon, who had a very sensitive nature and after someone falsely cried fire in one of his meetings, which led to people dying. “Spurgeon continued in his broken condition for seven or eight days. Then, as he walked in his friend’s garden, a verse of Scripture about Christ flashed into his mind. He saw it afresh–‘Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name,’ and as he fed his soul upon its truth he began to improve. His burden was gradually lifted so he could return to his home. On the following Sunday he ministered again at New Park Street. He had been out of his pulpit for but one Sunday.” (pg. 71 – A New Biography, A. Dallimore)
When Having Depression, Call Truth to Your Mind
Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:20-23 Audio: This I Recall to My Mind Video: Where Is Help For the Discouraged and Depressed?
Paul Washer on Overcoming Depression
In 2009 brother Paul shared for a brief two minutes on overcoming depression, he mentioned, “So many things that seem to be where we treat ourselves as pitiful victims when in actuality, we’re guilty criminals.” Video: Overcoming Depression
Depression and Loneliness
Being all alone can be a massive trial. Yet one of the most sobering things to consider about the Lord Jesus Christ is that He was the loneliest person who has ever lived. Audio: Loneliness of the Lord Jesus Christ Video: What Really Ministers to Loneliness?
“A Lost Persons Mockilng Tells Me I Must Be Depressed For What I Believe”
What would you say if someone said to you, “I wanted to know if you ever get depressed when you think about the fact that you have no historical or scientific evidence to back up what you believe?” Video: Am I Depressed For What I Believe?
Not Enabling The Depressed and Anxious to Remain There
Scripture doesn’t commend a person for being depressed or anxious, nor should we. We shouldn’t give that person room to think it’s OK...
Am I Depressed For What I Believe?
"I wanted to know if you ever get depressed when you think about the fact that you have no historical or scientific evidence to back up what you believe?"
This I Recall to My Mind
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease,
Where Is Help For the Discouraged and Depressed?
The strong encouragement, and hope, for the depressed sinner, is that there is a God who will save all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
The Presence of Christ in Times of Loneliness
Tim exhorts the believer to find their refuge in Christ, and to not run to sin the midst of loneliness and other discouragements.
I have given way to discouragement, dark discouragement, far too much in the past. Now I know rather better, and thoroughly agree with the assertion, “all discouragement is of the devil.” Discouragement is to be resisted just like sin. To give way to one is just as bad and weakens us as much as to give way to the other.