Some people find renewed hope and meaning in the new year. But, some find that it’s just the beginning of another year of sadness and depression.
Well, you’re not alone.
Jonah was depressed. Having just witnessed the entire city of Nineveh immediately repent and cry out to God after a one sentence sermon, Jonah should have been overjoyed. Instead, he was upset and frustrated. You see, the people of Nineveh were incredibly wicked and Jonah preferred they meet God’s judgement rather than His mercy. When things didn’t go according to JONAH’S plan, his anger turned inward and he became depressed.
Jonah’s depression wasn’t a chemical depression that many struggle with today. This was the type of depression that appears when life isn’t going the way we think it should. It’s when discouragement and unresolved anger builds and eventually turns into depression. And, Jonah wasn’t the only Biblical prophet to struggle with depression.
After Moses led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt, he spent 40 years in the wilderness listening to the people complain. Eventually it became too much and Moses wanted nothing more than to die. Elijah, perhaps the greatest prophet in the Bible, went from a literal mountaintop experience witnessing God defeat the prophets of Baal to running for his life. Fear coupled with exhaustion led him into a deep depression. Then there’s Job who suddenly lost his children, his livelihood, health and wealth. It’s understandable that Job found himself contemplating if life was worth living. In each of these stories, we read how God helped them through those tough seasons. Today, their lives and stories are ones we remember as “greats” of the faith.
What do you do when life doesn’t meet your expectations? If you’re struggling with depression, you are not alone. Go to God and ask Him for perspective. Ask Him for the strength to seek help and to leave this season stronger than you began. He’s waiting for you now!