It’s been said that the Bible has the answer to everything we can possibly imagine. So what about depression? Are there Bible verses for depression? Absolutely! It may not use the exact word “depressed”, but in the Word of God you’ll find ways to fight against depression, verses to encourage you, and even a few accounts of Bible characters who had depression. Without any further ado, let’s start looking into some of them.
Bible Characters Who Suffered From Depression
Elijah (First Kings 19) Had Suicidal Thoughts
This story about Elijah is quite possibly my husband’s all-time favorite Biblical account. To give some back story here, Elijah was one of God’s prophets. Just before this chapter, Elijah found himself in a situation where he stood boldly against some ungodly people. But he showed no fear until the beginning of this chapter.
Chapter 19 begins by telling us that Jezebel wanted to kill Elijah. He became afraid and fled to Beersheba. That is when we find First Kings 19:4
“… and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
Elijah, the great and wonderful prophet sat under a juniper tree begging for God to kill him. Isn’t that interesting?
But I find great solace in the fact that God already knew. There was an angel there, ready and waiting to meet Elijah’s physical needs to show him how to fix his mental and emotional ones. The angel made him a cake and provided him some water, enough to get him to the solitude of a cave 40 days later where he called out to God, describing the loneliness that he felt.
But God reminded him that despite what his mind (read, depression) was telling him, he wasn’t alone. There were thousands more.
What Does This Mean To You?
If you are suffering from depression, make sure your physical needs are met. Make sure you’re eating well and are hydrated. Then look around you. Don’t rely on your feelings, but look at the facts and know you are NOT alone. There are hundreds, thousands, millions of others who are going or have gone through some extremely similar circumstances. And even better than that, God knows right where you’re at and He’s there to support you and to help you.
Jeremiah Felt Weak and Hopeless (Lamentations 3)
Another depressed prophet that we see is Jeremiah, the author of the book with the same name as well as Lamentations. In Lamentations chapter 3 we see a lot of the trials and the emotions of this man. We find that he felt utterly forsaken, and even abused by God himself. Verse 18 says, “…My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord.”
Jeremiah truly felt he had no hope. He believed both hope and his strength were simply dead. Doesn’t that describe depression? An utter, complete feeling of hopelessness. All of this is spoken in the past tense. But then…
Just a few verses later we see where Jeremiah is at the time of writing. He is no longer hopeless and weak. Verse 24 states, “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
And perhaps my favorite verse in the entire Bible is Lamentations 3:26.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord
What Does This Mean To You?
The story of Jeremiah tells me that we have hope! Maybe we can’t see it right now, but there is an end to our suffering. It might take some time. We might have to wait a while. But one day our souls, like the soul of Jeremiah, will hope in Him.
Bible Verses For Depression That Will Help You…
To Change Your Mindset
We need to get our thoughts right if we are ever going to conquer depression. This is what the Bible says we should be thinking about.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (KJV)
If you take your focus off the bad, and just think on the good, depression is going to slowly lose control over you. I’m not saying this is easy. I’m not there yet, but I definitely believe this is a BIG tool to fight depression.
To Change Your Focus
Sometimes our focus gets on our circumstances when we need to be focusing on what God can do throughout our circumstances. Philippians has a great verse for that!
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV)
In my opinion, peace is the opposite of depression. If we want peace, the Bible says we need to pray and give thanks for the things He has done. Have you been thanking him lately? Have you been making your requests known unto Him? Why not start today? Here’s a good place to start.
To Remind You You’re Not Alone
Depression tends to lie to us and tell us that we are completely alone and that no one cares (much as Elijah felt). But this Bible verse is such a comfort.
“…And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20 KJV)
So the next time you’re feeling alone, please remember that God is right there with you through it all. And if you really look around, I bet you would find there are some other people there as well.
To Help You Find Joy
Joy is the primary motivation of this blog. It’s all about taking back the joy, and the peace, and the smile that depression tried to take from me. Are there Bible verses about joy? Absolutely! Here is my favorite:
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalms 16:11 KJV)
The best place to find joy is as close to Jesus as we can get! When we are close to God we can truly feel His peace, and His love. Please, don’t find yourself getting closer to the church instead of God though. That will just end in tragedy.
To Find Strength
Next, I want to share a Bible verse about strength with you. It’s also an awesome verse about anxiety if you also suffer from that.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1 (KJV)
This has truly been one of my life verses. It’s just one of those that has stuck with me and applied for so many different circumstances in my life. “The Lord is the strength of my life.” Isn’t that an amazing statement? I don’t have to be strong. I don’t have to handle everything. I don’t need to be afraid. God has got this! Whatever “this” is, God can take care of it! In fact, I believe He wants us to which brings me to my very last Bible verse about depression.
To Trust Him
God doesn’t want us to go through this world feeling downhearted and miserable. He wants us to have joy and peace. He doesn’t want us to feel burdened with all our problems. So he tells us this:
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:7 KJV)
Think about that for a minute… I don’t believe this is just saying God cares about you (which absolutely he does). Rather, I see that phrase “careth for you” as a much more physical deal.
If I see one of my kids struggling to hold something heavy, I’m liable to say, “Hey, let me hold that for you.” What does that mean? It means if they’ll let me I will take it from their hands and they’ll be free from it, right?
Likewise, I think in this verse Peter was telling us to give God the things that we’re concerned about and He’ll take care of it for us. We don’t need to worry because once again, GOD HAS GOT THIS.
What Are Your Favorite Bible Verses For Depression?
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