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I am feeling so depressed and I seem to have lost my faith. Has God deserted me?
Thank you so much for your question about faith and depression.
Most people, including Christians, experience some form of depression during their lives. I am so sorry that you are feeling so despondent and destitute at the moment. These are terribly debilitating feelings.
We encourage you to speak to a doctor about your depression.
The first thing I do whenever I feel depressed is go and see a trusted medical Doctor. God created us as a unity of body, mind and spirit. It is often very difficult to distinguish between spiritual and psychological elements in our lives - and both may affect our physical well being. For that reason, when we are experiencing serious problems of depression, it is always important to see our doctor, so that any clinical issues can be attended to. It may be that your doctor simply recommends some rest, but if If he thinks there might be another cause, then he will order some tests and present a solution.
The second thing is to talk with a trusted Christian friend. Often they can help me get things into perspective. They will certainly pray for you and offer any other support they can.
As well as speaking to a trusted Christian friend, you could also speak to your church leader. They will be able to give you support and spiritual guidance from a Biblical perspective. They may even have resources that can help you in your spiritual journey.
In the meantime, you can of course help yourself.
The Bible can help us with our hurts and feelings, and the book of Psalms is particularly helpful. As you ask God to guide you in your Bible reading, He will lead you to your own wells of safety and sustenance so that you too can once again feel refreshed and strong.
The feelings of depression often bring up lies to distract us. It seems that the reformer Martin Luther felt the same. Listen to one of his poems:
For feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God, Nought else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel condemned, For want of some sweet token,
There is One greater than my heart, Whose Word cannot be broken.
I'll trust in God's unchanging Word, ‘till soul and body sever;
For though all things shall pass away, His Word shall stand forever.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do not deny the strong feelings of depression, but I do deny the honesty of those feelings regarding God's faithfulness to His Word and to me. The truth is this, when everything is stripped away: family, friends, finances, health, job, feelings, religious rites and practices, cultural norms and every form of support, then we as Christians have but one thing to stand upon and that is the written Word of God. Faith denies the lies of feelings and lays hold on to the facts of the Word of God. If you think about this, there is tremendous comfort, consolation and encouragement in this solidness.
Remember, our feelings can be good, but God and His Word are greater! Our depression might feel deep, but God is not far away. Our night might be dark, but God is the light! We might not see Him but most assuredly He does see us, sees you, right now, right where you are.
Take courage, God is good and better days shall come.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth — Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord(Psalms 40:1-3)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
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