Recent research has revealed that 1.5%, 3.3 million people in the United States each year, are diagnosed with depression. 13% of the population is on antidepressant medication.
Obviously depression is a real problem that people are facing. Depression is not just feeling blue or having a bad day. Depression is the overwhelming sense of hopelessness. T
here are many causes for depression some are stress and time pressures: rushing kids here and there. Sometimes it’s hormonal and physiological.
What are people supposed to do when they’re faced with depression? For some, professional help and even medication is necessary. But there is an often overlooked tool in fighting depression. God calls the holy writer to pen in Psalm 43 verse 5:
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.–Pslam 43:5
Put your hope in God. Life does not have to be hopeless because we have a God who watches over us and dearly loves us. He’s not just a God ruling from heaven, but the psalmist says he’s our Savior. He came to live and die so that we can live with him forever in heaven and he promises that he will be with us every day.
So trust him. Trust that he will pick you up and carry you through these difficulties. Trust that he will finally get you to the doors of heaven where depression will never touch you again. Put your hope in God for he is your Savior. Amen.