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Can Almighty God give me a life filled with joy, contentment, and abundance in all areas or what can he do for me? I am suffering from depression.
Thank you for sending us your question. I am glad that you are seeking God but I am sorry to hear that you are suffering with depression.
Straight away it is important for me to advise you to seek proper medical advice regarding depression. There are many different forms of depression and a medical professional will be able to give you a full diagnosis and relevant treatment.
I want to assure you that God can indeed give you a life of joy, contentment and abundance.
It is interesting that you worded your question in that order. Jesus said:
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10)
Here Jesus is saying that He came so that we can have an abundant life!
The only part missing from His statement and yours is the word contentment. Sometimes we expect more of life than it seems to offer and therefore, we are not content. For example, we can expect our partner to meet our emotional needs in a way that they are unable to do so. We may feel that people do not appreciate us enough and that we have few friends. Financial pressure can make us depressed and so can a big change in our life, such as moving house or having a new baby. We may have asked God to change our circumstances and He has not done so, we feel that He is not listening, and we feel even more worthless. That is why it is important not to rely on feelings, although of course our emotions are important to God.
If you are really deeply depressed, then you need medical help as well as prayer. For many people, their depression is connected with their self-esteem and the fact that life seemed to promise much and has delivered little. Disappointment and loneliness and part of life, but they can overwhelm us.
The Bible talks a lot about being content:
"And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages" (Luke 3:11)
Here Jesus says to be content with the wages that you are given from work.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13)
Here Paul is saying that he has had to learn how to be content in any situation. The reason he can be content is that he "can do all things through Him" (Jesus).
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" (Hebrews 11:5-6)
Here the author of Hebrews says to not love money, but be content with what you have from God, knowing that He is always with His people. Do you know this God of provision and love? Have you been made right with Him through faith in Christ?
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs (1 Timothy 6:6-10).
Here Paul is writing to Timothy to say being godly is good and being content with what you have is good.
"And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent" (John 17:3)
Here Jesus says that true life is knowing God! The Christian life can be summed up by saying: The reason for life is knowing God and his joy in Christ!
If we try and find contentment and joy in anything else, even good things like family and work, or bad things that cause us to sin, ultimately they will fail us and can lead us to being depressed.
Can I therefore implore you to trust God completely and find true contentment in knowing God! He sent his own Son to die for you so you can know him. In Christ you are welcomed into the family of God and can call God your Almighty Father. Jesus' people will go to be with Him one day and this earth will all be but a distant memory. Fix your eyes upon Jesus and ask for his help to get through these hard times. Learn to be content in Christ!
There is a great promise in the Bible that links together our bad experiences and our good ones.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
God is constantly working for good, weaving together the threads of our lives so that we become strong and wise in Him. The process can be painful, but then nothing worthwhile was ever achieved without a cost. God's purpose is our eternal blessedness.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
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