Life is full of ups and downs. Some of us sail through the storm while others get stuck in it. Depression and anxiety are the two main reasons why people commit suicide because it hurts you both physically and mentally. During such times of hardship, even medication doesn’t work and you look up to your lord for help. Let us see what does the Bible say about depression and anxiety.
Majority of Christians who go to church believe that anxiety and depression can only be healed through spiritual practices. They don’t believe in the concept of psychological healing. While the rest of the people dismiss the idea of spiritual healing.
Clearly, there are two different groups of people who believe in two different things. However, both the spiritual and psychological aspects are required for healing.
What does the Bible say about Depression?
The Bible consists of so many verses and scripture quotes from people who have experienced depression in the past. These timeless words and principles can help you cope with depression.
The psalmist writes that God is there for us and that it’s okay to cry out for help. We don’t often talk about our depression openly, for we are scared of being judged or being labelled. Here, the lord states that the one who seeks help is the one who gets it.
Psalm 34:17-18 ESV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
It’s not worth crying over for that which is gone. With this revelation, God is assuring us that all our pain will fade away as time passes and the sorrows become a thing of past.
Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to, for half of your burden disappears the moment you share it with someone. Jesus is here to listen to you, he says:
“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”.
What does the Bible say about anxiety?
As per the Bible, people like Elijah, Nehemiah, Job, Solomon, Paul and David have experienced feelings of anxiety. It states that feeling anxious or depressed is a normal thing and what you do during such times is all that matters.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
People with anxiety tend to think that the world is against them or that they are not good enough. They involve in a lot of “negative self-talk” and it only gets worse with time. So, speak good about yourself.
Proverbs 12:25 ESV
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Be patient and believe in God. We all tend to forget that God is right with his timing, good things start to happen to us when the time is right. Give anxiety some time to pass.
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Bible is the only resort for those who believe in spiritual energy. However, it doesn’t mention that you shouldn’t seek medical help if required. Reach out to your family and friends, let them know what you’re going through. Remember, this is just a phase and it shall pass.