The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14
A crushed spirit is a broken, saddened, depressed spirit. At one point or the other, most of us have had a crushed spirit, we have found ourselves face to face with depression. Depression doesn’t come from the flesh, it comes a much deeper place, one that can’t be healed by patching on a plaster. It comes from deep within us, from a place that we can’t see. Sadness, anger, frustration are all of the flesh but depression is of the spirit.
What is Depression?
It is a state of sadness, feeling low, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities. I have heard many people say ‘I am depressed’. Some confuse sadness with depression, depression is more than just sadness, we all feel unmotivated or upset from time to time. Depression is a mood disorder characterised by prolonged feelings of sadness and loss of interest in daily activities.
I read a study that said millions of people suffer from some form of depression every year making it one of the most common mental disorders. I believe this to be true.
We should know that even Christians aren’t spared from this state. I personally have been through this and I can gladly testify that the Lord got me out of it. I bless the Lord. In the bible, there are people that were also faced with depression. Now, while the word depression isn’t anywhere in the bible, we see biblical figures that exhibited signs of it.
1. Job – his life was full of trials, illness, financial loss, and death coupled with a spouse who advised him to betray his faith and most unsupportive, victim-blaming, “support network” of friends.
2. David – through his writings we see a man who went through depression. He frequently cried (Psalms), Lost interest in his usual activities (2 Samuel 11:1), experienced lack of appetite and marked weight loss and attributed it to his depressive feelings (Psalm 102:5)
Depression isn’t a disease of this century, it has been here since time memorial. If you are going through this, know that, 1. You aren’t the first to go through it, and 2. It can be cured.
I believe the devil uses our past mistakes and what we see as our failures to get us (Christians) to this point. He constantly reminds us of these things until we accept them, then we become downcast and hopeless. But the who never fails us, one who always has a key out of the enemy’s prison has a cure tor us. He offered us His word where there are different scriptures to heal us from that place, the word assures us that our Lord loves us and has amazing plans for us for the future.