“Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130:1-2)
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).
“You call yourself a Christian and you are depressed. What’s wrong with you?”
Sound familiar? If some actual person has not said that to you, perhaps that little voice inside you–the one that loves to call attention to your failures and pretenses–has beaten you over the head with those words.
Surely we who are the redeemed in Christ and thus more than conquerors should live on top of circumstances at all times and radiate joy 24/7, right?
Why then, are we sometimes depressed?
Does it help to know we have lots of company?
Some of the finest people who have ever trod the Christian path have dealt with depression on a regular basis. Whether we call it the blues, the dumps, melancholy, or, as Winston Churchill referred to it, his “black dog,” God’s people can be depressed also.
The grandma said to the teenager, “Trials and suffering are not par for the course, honey. They are the course.”