Is there examples in the Bible for people who suffered depression? Please share some references.

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There are numerous biblical references to individuals in the Bible who suffered from periods of depression, one of the human race’s most common and distressing ailment. Here are some examples for those that suffered from depression:

  • Abraham (Genesis 15)
  • Jonah (Jonah 4)
  • Job (Book of Job)
  • Elijah (1 Kings 19)
  • King Saul (I Samuel 16:14-23, etc.)
  • Jeremiah (Book of Jeremiah)
  • David (Psalms 6, 13, 18, 23, 25, 27, 31, 32, 34, 37-40, 42-43, 46, 51, 55, 62-63, 69, 71, 73, 77, 84, 86, 90-91, 94-95, 103-104, 107, 110, 116, 118, 121, 123-124, 130, 138, 139, 141-143, 146-147).

But the good news is that the Lord sends His Word to heal people from depression and delivers them from emotional distress:

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. …For You are the God of my strength…” (Psalm 42:5, 43:2—NKJV).

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13—NKJV).

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:4-8—NKJV).

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Christians are promised to have joy (Romans 15:13). The Holy Spirit produces joy in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:6). Joy is not about effervescent happiness or lightness of mood. But we receive it when we make the decision to focus on God’s love, on gratitude and on uplifting things (John 3:16). If you are suffering from depression, understand who you are in Christ and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to transform and renew your mind.

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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