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What does it feel like to be depressed?

July 5, 2010

So there is no justice among us, and we know nothing about right living.
We look for light but find only darkness.
We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.
We grope like the blind along a wall, feeling our way like people without eyes.
Even at brightest noontime, we stumble as though it were dark.
Among the living, we are like the dead.
We growl like hungry bears;
we moan like mournful doves.
We look for justice, but it never comes.
We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.
(Isaiah 59:9-11 NLT)

Have you ever wandered what depression feels like? Its a wild mix of things that are our fault and many things that are not. Either of course make us feel helpless.

The above list are things that are not typically our faults. Yet when we seek this is what we find. What about the times we are at fault or are sinning however many ways to cope?

For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us.
Yes, we know what sinners we are.
We know we have rebelled and have denied the Lord.
We have turned our backs on our God.
We know how unfair and oppressive we have been,carefully planning our deceitful lies.
Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found.
Truth stumbles in the streets,and honesty has been outlawed.
Yes, truth is gone,and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.
The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice.
Isaiah 59:12-15 (New Living Translation)

Depression is not a road to be taken lightly. It is a road to hell and not everyone is helpless. There is still a God who loves and there is still a chance. Where there is depression, sadness, melancholy, and just plain old downcast there is sin waiting. Even back to the first murder when Cain killed Abel. God warned him sin was crouched at his door waiting for Cain. (Genesis 4:7). But while we wear the yoke of depression or spiritual darkness we let all the sadness have mastery over us.

But there is always hope. There is Christ.

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