Job 30:16 (NLT) “And now my life seeps away. Depression haunts my days.”
Job was one of the most tormented men in the Bible. He lost his servants, his children, and then his health. Even his marriage suffered because of his unexplained losses and suffering. In chapter 30, Job is almost at his wit’s end in that he sees himself as mocked by others who despise him so much that they even despise his dogs. In verse 16, he sees everything that made his life worth living is slipping away, thus, opening the door to depression.
Depression is not some new malady. In examining Job, depression is as old as the Bible. It is more than feeling sad or down. It is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working (“Depression Basics,” National Institute of Mental Health). Some of the main causes of depression are
The list continues on and on. Anything that can plunge 15 million American adults (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) into this darkness for an extended period of time is an enemy to God’s purpose for His creation and needs to be dealt with.
In the Word, we learn that God is light and in him is no darkness at all (I John 1:5 KJV). That same light is in each and every one of us. The Bible is full of encouraging scriptures that point us to a life that is fulfilling and bright. The enemy blinds us to the light and life of God, which is His Word because he knows that once we embrace God’s love and purpose for us, the enemy has lost his grip on our destiny. He lost his grip on Job, and Job received almost double for all that he lost. He and his wife had more children, more property, and more servants. What delivered Job? He began to pray for his friends in chapter 42. He focused on someone other than himself and even his friends and relatives gave money and gifts to him. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if 15 million Americans, who are battling depression would be able to proclaim “God rescued me from the grave, and now my life is filled with light” (Job 33:28 NLT). It certainly feels good to be set free!
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