“They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”Luke 24:2-3
Depression is not only a result of sin, but also it is an inability to see Jesus. He feels distant, so we feel lonely. His light doesn’t permeate our minds, so we see the broken world and grow cynical and fatalistic. His love doesn’t fill our hearts, so we feel helpless and hopeless.
This has nothing to do with what we actually believe. Some of the great Christians in ages past struggled with perpetual depression. It has to do with whether we can entrust our hearts to Him. Due to issues in my own past, I struggle to trust the love of Jesus. Hear me clearly: I believe in Jesus, but I struggle to trust. Depression often clouds my view of His infinite love.
This is where depression exists: not in our explicit beliefs, but in the recesses of our broken hearts which struggle to rest in the Christ in whom we have believed. Take comfort! The downcast disciples didn’t see Jesus, though He was still there walking with them in their spiritual depression. He doesn’t need our perfect trust; we need our perfect Savior.
“I am the subject of depression… But I always get back again by this—I know that I trust Christ.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892)
Bible In A Year
- Job 1-2
- Psalm 43
- Luke 6