Jesus - Hope for the Depressed

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crownin which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

Paul had been away from his church and was trying to come back. However a situation arises which prevents him from doing so. In life, there are many situations where something happens in which we have no control over. My question to this is how do you react in these times? Do you have something to lean against?

If we react in a negative manner to these situations, we are allowing Satan into our heart. Satan loves the depressed heart. He can and will have a play day in there. Once inside he will begin to bring up those fears and insecurities we all hide deep in our hearts.

I speak from my own experience with depression. I once lost someone very close to me. Depression rapidly gripped my heart. All the words of affirmation I had ever received flew right out of the window. They were replaced with Satan’s lies. Lies about how unlovable I was or how ugly I was. The longer I sat isolated with these lies the more I began to believe them. Fortunately, God had never left my side through the depression and I slowly began to realize Jesus was my only hope.  Jesus has an unique love for each one of us and calls us his son or daughter.

Jesus is the crutch we can lean on during those situations. Verse 19 says it best. What gives us hope and joy? It is Jesus!

By: Nicole Eckroth