by Beverly Barnett
Thursday, August 8
How We Can Face Depression
“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end,” Psalm 73:16, 17.
Let us not ignore the fact that believers do become depressed from time to time. Depression can result from many different reasons; they may be emotional, physical or circumstantial reasons. And, it is not shameful or a lack of faith if you seek Christian counseling or medical treatment for depression.
Mild depression can be lessened by reading and meditating on God’s Word, praying, taking a walk, listening to uplifting Christian music, opening your blinds or curtains to let the sunshine in, doing something for others, eating nourishing food and many other things.
Above all, seek God’s will and let God lead you through your circumstances as you focus on Him and His goodness and His mighty power instead of your physical deficits or your circumstances. One day we will get a new body until then we have to adjust to what we have now. When circumstances are bleak, depend on God, use His strength, let Him show out, and then, praise Him! Nothing can change a person’s perspective on overwhelming circumstances more than to fellowship with his church family and remember God’s promises.
REFLECTION: “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5, 6).