The Bible tells of a cause for depression?
There is a curious little verse in Proverbs that you might skip over if you read too fast, but it speaks to the cause of this low state of being. However, it includes a treatment, right in the same passage.
"Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad." - Proverbs 12:25
Here is a quote from everydayhealth.com which supports the idea of anxiety bringing depression:
"People who are depressed often feel anxious and worried, so one can trigger the other," she says. "Anxiety often comes before depression." - Sally R. Connolly, LCSW (https://www.everydayhealth.com/anxiety/anxiety-and-depression.aspx)
The thing about anxiety -
- There can be dozens of possible causes.
- It's common.
- It can be geographic oreiented. It's unavoidable for some people, in certain regions of the world.
- Obviously some people are more inclined toward anxiousness.
- It tends to lower our own vision of ourselves. It brings us down.
A hidden cause of anxiety
You might say, "OK. So everybody sins." Here's the thing, if we have a real relationship with our God, it is a bit easier to tackle this. But if you are someone who does not, there is no time like the present. It is natural to want to please our God. In all religions, there is some sort of sacrifice made to please one's deity. However, with Yahweh, the true Creator, He is a just AND merciful God to those who seek Him. You have probably heard that Jesus (His Hebrew name, Yeshua, is literally the word salvation) came to be the sacrifice. That is God, stepping into a tent of human flesh, to be the One to take the judgement and wrath that sin brings. This is why, if we repent (turn from sin) and put our trust/faith in Him, we become clean, forgiven, redeemed. Our sins which bring death are literally stripped away in the eyes of our God, our Savior.
So if our sins are gone, why this anxiety?
Because we often hide sin. Even if we are followers of The Way. This is why David spoke...
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." - Psalm 139:23
So, repentance can be an ongoing thing to make us face sin (calling it as such), ask for forgiveness, and turn from it like a disease you wish to erradicate.
What can we do?
Well, you probably saw this, but it bears repeating. It is in the same verse that we mentioned at the top of this article.
"but a good word makes it (the heart) glad."
That is simple.
This is one of the ways we can literally heal people.
We can speak a good word to everyone. At times, the redeemed person, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (the breath of God inside you), can speak words of life without even knowing the power or the effect. So here are some ways to get a dose of that "good word."
- Surround yourself with positive, joyful people. There may be toxic relationships that need to be held a little (or lot) bit further back. There are some ties which need to be cut. This is done Biblically as well, but that is for another day.
- Find someone you know is wise, who will bring a good word to reverse the curse of anxiety.
- Be that person. Huh? The scripture is full of positive affirmations of joy. Yesterday, I listed 5, but that is just a start. What I mean is that you can speak them out to yourself. There is a healing effect when you speak and your ears hear it from your own mouth. Many times, our inner critic is peaking when others encourage us. That is why, I believe, we need to also be the one to speak words of life to ourselves. I also believe that we should hear ourselves speak prayer to Father Yahweh.
- Bonus: Speak the words of God, found in scripture, audibly to yourself, and when necessary, to others.
Memorize Proverbs 12:25
Righ there, in that one scripture, is a possible hidden cause for your depression, plus a treatment.
And the Word of God simply says -
Don't be anxious
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
He cares for you. If you are His child, he is your shepherd who guards you, cares for your needs, and prospers you.
My Previous post about scriptures to help with depression: https://www.pbass.net/depression-help-from-the-bible/
For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands. - Psalm 92:4
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P. S. I do not write on this lightly, or as someone who has not been there. I personally found healing through the words of life and the Holy Spirit revealing to me sins that I was hiding. I know what it is like to be in that battle. I don't speak as a therapist or a counselor, I simply speak as a victor through the healing power of the Breath of the Holy One.