Drowning in Depression
This comment was posted recently on one of my blogs:
“I know God tells us to be of good cheer, but why is it a constant struggle for me? I feel like I’m drowning in depression from the corrupt world around me, constantly praying for my unsaved husband, finances and my failing job. I need extra prayer.”
Friend, if you are overwhelmed with the darkness right now, I totally understand your struggle. I think it is a common tactic of the enemy to capture our attention with the corruption that surrounds us and leave us with the impression that he’s winning.
Sometimes just a trip to the mall is enough to send me into shock.
Several years ago I was shopping for shoes with my son when the large screen monitor caught my attention. A music video was playing and as I looked up to watch the young woman who was singing, I started weeping. Yep, right there in the shoe store with my teenage son!
As I watched what our youth are emulating and celebrating, my heart broke.
I was weeping for the girl on screen and the worldview she was promoting. I was weeping for a generation who will celebrate and embrace the enemy’s lies. My son came over and put his arm around me and said, “Um, Mom, we can shop somewhere else.” (That was a few years ago, but he still teases me occasionally about my “MTV breakdown” in a shoe store.)
I think it is right to weep.
Check this out:
My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow Your (God’s) instruction. (Ps. 119:136)
We should be grieved over sin and corruption. Romans 8:22 describes all of creation as “groaning” under the world’s fallen condition. But we need to be careful to balance our grieving with a robust faith in Jesus’ power to overcome.
Never forget that.
He is the Victor!
And I think the key to not caving to depression, no matter what the source is, whether it is marital, health, finances, or parenting problems, is maintaining the right perspective. Let the light of His powerful victory stream in when you’re overwhelmed by the darkness.
The key to robust faith and not losing heart is the perspective that Hebrews 12:1–4 describes:
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin . . .
When I focus more on the darkness than on Jesus’ victory, I will spiral into a pit of depression. I must never forget that He has overcome and He has called us (and empowered us) to live as overcomers as well.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Friends, let’s keep pressing into Jesus and watch for the tangible evidences of His power and might!
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Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more