“He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk?’ They stood still, their faces downcast.”

Luke 24:17

This will sound controversial but will make sense as we go on: The root cause of depression is sin. It could be your personal sin or the sin of others against you, past or present. Even if your depression is primarily rooted in chemical/biological imbalances, why do such imbalances exist in this world? Sin. 

If sin did not exist, there’d be no depression. We’d believe in and follow our God perfectly. The joy of knowing Him would flood into our hearts to the point of overflowing. Instead, we’re much like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, downcast and muttering, “But we had hoped…” 

This means we can’t effectively contend with depression unless we come to God. How has the sin of others obscured your view of Jesus? Do you struggle with sins that captivate you more than your Lord? Are you using the broken effects of your biology as an excuse to not pursue Jesus through the shadows? Say along with David in one breath both, “My sins have overtaken me,” (Psalm 40:12) and “The LORD is my help and my deliverer” (v. 17). 

Scripture Focus

Luke 24:13-35


Examine your wounds today and ask the Lord what it is that keeps you from trusting His hand of healing.

Bible In A Year

  • Esther 9-10
  • Psalm 42
  • Luke 5