Depression is not uncommon among those who are followers of God. Sometimes discouragement results through no fault of oneself, as it can arise due to physical exhaustion and a weakening of emotional stamina. Grave distresses or disturbances in life may create feelings of anxiety or entrapment. Confession may not even be pertinent if the depression is not the outcome of sin.
Sometimes depression is the direct result of sin. Failing to trust God or failure to believe the promises of Scripture will always result in discouragement. If sin is the problem, then one must confess that failing and repent from such actions and attitudes.
Charles Spurgeon is a tremendous individual in church history. The pastor of London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle is the most widely read preacher beyond those in Scripture. He is known as “the prince of preachers.” Evidence of God’s blessing is abundant in his life, yet Spurgeon also struggled with profound times of depression. Spurgeon remarked, “Fits of depression come over the most of us. Usually cheerful as we may be, we must at intervals be cast down. . . .Knowing by most painful experience what deep depression of spirit means, being visited therewith at seasons by no means few or far between. . . .”
The Prophet Elijah - I Kings 19
God demonstrated his sovereignty against the false prophets of Baal, and allowed Elijah to be involved in that impressive encounter. Apparently, the prophet imagined that the victory was decisive, which is evident in that Elijah headed for Ahab’s home territory (1 Kings 18:45).
Daniels Friends - Daniel 1-2
God does use trials and tribulations to mold and shape His people into Christlikeness; not for the believer’s glory but solely for the Lord’s own, as He is so worthy.
God is sovereign over all aspects of the believer’s life. Therefore, abiding success in one’s relationship with the Lord is always determined by godliness and faithfulness. God’s people have a responsibility to be faithful, and that growing fidelity only comes from faith in God, as He has revealed His person and will in Scripture.
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