Summary: Depression is a growing problem in America today. Every year the amount of people taking medication for depression is drastically increasing. Does the Bible talk about depression? Does God give us any answers here?
Have you ever watched a movie that you thought would end happy and it didn’t? It leaves you with sad, depressing feeling. A couple of weeks ago when Joanne was at camp – Kassie and I watched a movie and the main character dies. I jokingly said, “ I hate chick flicks.” In a guy movie – everyone dies, except the main character and he is usually badly wounded. Here Kassie & I spend the time to watch a movie and we end up feeling sad. Nothing happened to her or I. We didn’t do anything wrong or right, but by watching and thinking through the movie we end up with a depressing feeling.
I had worked for a CPA firm in downtown Grand Rapids. There was a place I would go quite often to eat and hang out around lunchtime. There were many stores and in the basement was a hoppin food court. When we moved back from the Philippines, one day we went down there with the kids. Almost every restaurant in the food court was gone, most of the shops were closed or going out of business. I remember feeling really weird – I felt sad and discouraged almost depressed – why?
This morning I want to talk to you about depression. It is an ever-growing problem in the world today. Major depression strikes a surprisingly high percentage of the population: the estimated number of people who will suffer from serious depression during their lives is a staggering 20%. (1in 5)
Many people struggle with some form of depression in their life. (Pastor Duane said that 70% of Americans do)
Statistics vary, but it’s speculated that 80% of people who attempt suicide are clinically depressed.
God not only understands, but He proved it. He told us
Psalm 34:15 If you obey the Lord, he will watch over you and answer your prayers. 17 When his people pray for help, he listens and rescues them from their troubles. 18 The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope. (CEV)
What is depression?
It is more than feeling sad or down, it is a persistent sadness that affects most aspects of our lives. (sleeping, eating, working, socializing, and enjoying life)
The whole idea of depress is to press down on like if I told you to depress the gas pedal.
Depression: A neurotic or psychotic condition marked by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, and feelings of dejection and guilt.
Neurosis: Any of various functional disorders of the mind or emotions without obvious organic pathology and with abnormal behavior symptoms, as anxiety or phobia.
Psychosis: Severe mental disorder, with or without organic damage, marked by degeneration of normal intellectual and social functioning and by complete or partial withdrawal from reality.
John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Depression is when you are so discouraged or down that you can’t sleep, and you can’t get out of bed either. You feel like a total failure and it affects everything you do. You are so anxious or fearful of something that you make yourself sick. You can’t eat or you over eat. Thoughts of suicide come to your mind. You don’t like the pain of life and believe death will stop the hurt.