These scriptures and thoughts were provided or inspired by my Pastor, Kent McBay and by others in discussions in his Sunday School class.
Things that we cannot control can cause us depression. Recently my server apparently shut down to make changes. I could not get online to send out my usual Bible study for a whole day. Satan would like to make us depressed (an opposite of joyful) and keep us there but no trial is too much for God to control.
Nehemiah 8:10b: . . . the joy of the LORD is your strength.
1 John 4:4: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
When we seem to have worse trials than others it can cause us depression. But God is never unfair. When we might are told not to be concerned about a problem, it is easy to say but sometimes hard to do. If we know and believe the promises of God, that will help overcome our depression. Individuals who do not know very much of the Bible will have a great disadvantage in this regard. Sometimes it is easier to speak of God*s promises than to apply them to ourselves. Worry can cause depression.
1 Peter 5:7: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
James 4:8: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Isaiah 26:3: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isaiah helps by telling us to think about God and Peter tells us to know Him and know about Him. In his books Peter gave us sort of a one-two punch that can multiply peace and defeat depression. Receive Christ, obey Him, get to know the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit personally and deeply through the Word of God, the Bible.
1 Peter 1:2: Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
2 Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
Symptoms of depression might be described as spiritual dryness, sadness and hopelessness. Not walking in the Spirit will open us up to the ravages of sin, one of which is depression.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Even Jesus wept and we will not be exempt from that.
Luke 19:41: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
John 11:33, 35: When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, . . . 35: Jesus wept.
Weeping and mourning over lost relationships with God and lost loved ones is appropriate but the believer*s mourning and depression should be temporary and far less severe. Our blessed hope for the future should outweigh the sorrow and depression.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.